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Work begins at moldy Starke Elementary School

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Updated: 9/25/2013 6:33 pm
STARKE Fla. -- It's been nine weeks since mold studies began at Starke Elementary School. In that time, Action News obtained two studies that have been completed, costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.

Parents are asking, what's taking so long? Starke Elementary students have been transferred to different alternate locations until the mold can be mitigated, forcing parents to make extra-long trips out of their way.

"They're just shuffling them around the different counties and different schools it's just very very nerve wracking," said Starke parent Briana Longhorn-Allen.

Action News asked Bradford county superintendent Chad Farnsworth why that process is taking so long? He said it took time to find out where the mold was coming from, but new tests reveal the main mold concern is in the school's ventilation system.

"We've just about narrowed down exactly what we need we had to get the full scope of the problem and understand how wide scale across the school it was," said Farnsworth.

The school's HVAC system needs to be replaced and a contractor needs to be hired to do that. Workers were at the school Wednesday preparing it for those refurbishments. Bid invitations for an HVAC contractor is expected to go out in two weeks.
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