PALMER, Mass. (WWLP) - Schools in Palmer have already postponed the beginning of the school year one week because of mold.
A meeting was held Thursday night at Palmer High School to discuss a school year plan. The meeting started at 6 o'clock.
What was discussed was where to put the 600 students, and looking at the results of recent air quality tests.
The Palmer School Committee decided that the Old Mill Pond Elementary School is safe.
School was supposed to start on August 28th, but it's been pushed back to September 4th for all students.
Old Mill Pond students will not have to be relocated.
The mold was first discovered at the school on July 10th. It was thoroughly cleaned for two weeks. Not all the rooms were affected.
"They had roof leaking problems for years," said Palmer Parent Matthew Domnarski, "There's been buckets with water dripping in them."
However, Palmer Schools Superintendent Thomas Charko told 22News that wasn't the problem. The roofs have been fixed. Charko says a wet and hot June contributed to the mold problem.
School officials say they plan to revisit their cleaning practices. Experts have recommended they clean out closets and remove the rugs in the school.
"We'll make sure that at all times we're moving the ventilation system even if we've shut the school down for cleaning or vacations," said Charko.
The school committee told 22News they've secured funding to remove the rugs, and will begin that process in the summer. They said most of the stains found on the rugs in the school were food stains.
There was a range of emotions following the school committee meeting. Some people were satisfied, other people were not. Several people told 22News they think the school department could have done a better job notifying parents of the late start to the year.
"I didn't like how they didn't notify the parents. A letter, a phone call, we were the last ones to find out," said Palmer parent Kelly Labonte.
"We couldn't notify anybody that we were going to delay school until the decision was made to delay school. That could not happen until the school committee had reviewed it and voted," said Superintendent Charko.
A written report of exactly what was found inside the Old Mill Pond Elementary School will be given to the school committee in September.