A few New Jersey school districts are dealing with mold problems brought on by recent torrential rains.
Students at Willingboro High School and the Cecil Collins Elementary School in Barnegat are attending classes in other schools while the mold discovered in their buildings is being removed.
Any emergency mold remediation will put a strain on school districts’ budgets, said Frank Belluscio, a spokesman for the New Jersey School Boards Association.
“They’re limited in the amount of surplus they’re allowed to carry from year to year, so it can pose somewhat of a financial problem for the district,” he said.
Belluscio said he would not be surprised if mold problems turn up in other schools because of all the rain in the past few weeks. Newer schools constructed over the last decade tend to be the type of buildings that are less susceptible to mold, but maintenance workers will continue checking to detect any problems.