During a PTA Meeting at CAPS on Sept. 15, Principal Beatrice Moxey announced that the school is in need of additional classrooms – seven to be exact. When the school opened a few weeks ago, a total of 150 Grade One students were enrolled at the school.
This forced the staff to use the Mary E. Cartwright Library and a portion of the pre-school to accommodate the large number of students. Parents/guardians were asked to stay behind after the meeting to determine how they could assist.
Now according to sources, the pre-school was shut down mid-semester last year because of the presence of mold in the ceiling. These allegations have been denied by the official channels, so this reporter decided to visit the school and make her own observations.
There were indeed black spots resembling mold along several sections of the ceiling and around light fixtures of the classrooms I visited, but I was told that the ceiling was painted over to hide how bad the presence of mold is. Soon after I left the school on Sept. 25, I was notified that someone reported that I had photographed the ceiling so a new coat of paint was added to conceal what I had seen.
To make matters worse, two teachers are believed to have developed respiratory illnesses as a result of being in the classrooms in question. We understand that a doctor ordered the classroom to be closed, and that the department responsible for such matters did an inspection which involved no collecting or testing of samples of what was seen on the ceiling.
Nevertheless, a report was handed into the school declaring that no mold was discovered.
Despite complaints to those in charge, an attempt has been made to discredit persons who make any mention of mold at the school. A meeting was called with all teachers and teachers’ aides in an effort to prevent them from saying anything about the situation.
The only thing done to remedy the problem is to continue painting the ceiling and put pressure on the janitresses to do a better job of cleaning the classrooms.