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Parents concerned over mold levels at Montevallo Elementary


Some parents in Shelby County say they are keeping their children out of school because of mold.

They kept their students out of Montevallo Elementary Monday and say they may do the same Tuesday. The school system says there is nothing to worry about.

There's been a lot of testing lately at the school. This kind isn't about writing or arithmetic, it's to determine if there are unhealthy levels of mold in the building.

In a meeting at the school monday afternoon, ERG Environmental CEO Bill Young explained to faculty and staff about the air quality tests that his company conducted. He says after the initial tests showed levels higher than normal, the school system immediately came in and took care of the problem.

Michele Gallagher decided home was the best alternative to the elementary school building on Monday. She and about 70 other parents decided to keep their students out of class.

"I need to know it's safe and I won't send them back until I know it's safe, because what if something happens. I have to live with that," said Gallagher.

On Monday, Principle Annie McClain received a list of students whose parents decided to keep them out. She says this situation has been difficult to deal with as emotions run high.

"It's very disturbing to see them that upset,"said McClain.

Parents say the solution is to have an independent company come in and do a final test of mold levels.

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