Five Katonah-Lewisboro Schools Are Being Investigated For Mold

LEWISBORO, N.Y. -- Katonah-Lewisboro staff and the district’s architect are investigating the possibility of mold or failure of HVAC at five school buildings following receipt of a Department of Labor notice, Interim Schools Superintendent John Goetz disclosed in a letter to the community.

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The notice, received on Aug. 22, was due to the Labor Department getting an anonymous complaint about the potential of mold in the buildings, according to Goetz.

Goetz also stated that an environmental engineering firm, contracted by the district, will do air quality tests.

“The health and safety of our students and staff is of paramount importance to all of us. Inspections and air quality testing to date indicate that air quality has not been compromised in any of our schools,” Goetz stated. “We expect to receive the results of these additional tests next week, and we will follow up with communication to you in a prompt manner.”

Goetz also disclosed that an earlier inquiry had been done in response to air quality concerns expressed weeks ago from the leadership of the Katonah Lewisboro District Teachers Association with the same five buildings mentioned. No evidence was found to substantiate the concerns, according to Goetz.

Lewisboro Elementary School, which closed in June, is the only building that is not being investigated, according to a representative with Syntax, the school district's public relations firm.

While Goetz's letter did not specify whether it is the state or federal Department of Labor, the representative confirmed that it is the state agency.

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