Maynard School Board Responds to Discovery of Mold and Asbestos

Parents of students at Green Meadow Elementary School in Maynard say they are experiencing breathing problems

More than 200 parents and teachers in Maynard, Massachusetts, attended a school board meeting Thursday night to address concerns after mold and asbestos were detected inside a school.

Tests conducted in Green Meadow Elementary School finding asbestos and mold resulted in the kindergarten wing of the school being temporarily shut down.

Parents voiced their frustration with the school board, especially Maynard's superintendent, Robert Gerardi.

"Teachers have been getting sick for the last two to three years," said union president Mike Waldron. "Tiles have been falling for the last two to three years. This is nothing new."

The meeting lasted several hours with extensive public comments from parents, teachers and their union.

The short-term answer to the problem is abatement. However, the school board is hopeful that in the years to come, they'll be able to secure a new building.

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