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Foundation, mold problems being addressed at newly-constructed SSMS campus

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Sulphur Springs Elementary isn’t the only Sulphur Springs campus this summer where water issues are being addressed. Moisture discovered under the foundation at Sulphur Springs Middle School resulted in mold issues, requiring specialized experts to correct.

The “moisture issue” at SSMS was discovered Thursday, June 27, by a cleaning crew working at the campus. School officials were notified of the problem, and they secured the building until an inspection was performed. Officials discovered “a large amount of moisture under the foundation.” 

A state-licensed inspector performed a preliminary assessment of the building.

“There were some air quality concerns and it was determined that there are elevated levels of Aspergillus and Penicillium mold. The level is not a concern for any major health problem,” Rusty Harden, director of human resources and communications for Sulphur Springs Independent School District, stated in a press release Wednesday evening.

To remove the moisture from the building to alleviate mold, a restoration company was contracted. Friday, the company had bored a hole in the gym floor to access the water under the floor, draining and drying it out. The ServPro crew said they will be doing one half of the gym at a time. After the moisture issue is taken care of, the mold issue can then be addressed.

“Inspections will be taken along the way to ensure a safe building. SSISD felt it important to inform the community of this issue. Further information will be provided on the status of the project as it becomes available,” the press release states.

This is not the first major issue at SSISD’s newest campus. In January 2012, specialized forensics engineers were called in to evaluate floors for a potential foundation problem, which had to be addressed. This further delayed the SSMS construction, which was already six months behind schedule due to rains and other issues. Crews pushed last summer to have the facility, originally scheduled for completion by December 2011, to be completed and ready for occupation for the fall 2012 semester.




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