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Mold Cleanup To Cost $96,000
By Mike Scott
The mold cleanup at the two Clark County R-1 School District elementary buildings will come with a hefty price tag, and some students may not return to their regular school building for nearly a month.
On Tuesday night, August 23, the CCR-1 Board of Education met in a special meeting to review and accept bids for mold remediation at Black Hawk and Running Fox Schools.
“I asked for two kinds of bids,” Superintendent Ritchie Kracht told the members. “One for as fast as possible, and one for a slower cleanup.”
Three bidders submitted proposals to clean the building, in accordance with a protocol developed by an environmental hygieist hired by the district.
Bids ranged from a high of $569,400 from Servpro to $96,000 from Service Master by Lewellen’s of Kirksville.
The board accepted ServiceMaster’s low bid of $96,000, pending the review of the proposal by engineers at Klinger and Associates.
On Wednesday, that review was completed, and ServiceMaster was awarded the cleanup contract.
The company began bringing equipment to Running Fox on Thursday, and worked on the ceilings through the weekend.
Cleaning crews will begin work at Running Fox this week, with a projected date of September 12 for the building to be inspected by the environmental hygieist.
When the Running Fox building is declared safe, students will return to it, probably by mid-September.
At Black Hawk, work will begin this week on the ceiling structure, and cleaning crews will start there next week. The proposal calls from Black Hawk to be inspected on September 26, with students returning to their building as soon as possible after that date.
“Everything has been going very well with the start of school,”?Kracht said. He praised his staff, the students and the community for their cooperation and understanding during this difficult time.
Currently, Kindergarten students are attending classes in the preschool building, while grades 1-3 are in various high school rooms. Grades 4-5 are at the Middle School.
For recess, grades 1-3 are being bussed to O-MAK-O-HAK, while elementary students at the Middle School can walk to Black Hawk’s playground.
Starting Monday, preschool students will start classes at the CARE Building.