Mold forces Chapel Hill High library to close
Posted September 6, 2013
Chapel Hill, N.C. — Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools officials have closed the media center at Chapel Hill High School for the next week or so after mold was discovered on the spines of leather-bound books.
Various areas of the school have had mold problems stemming from this summer’s wet weather and area flooding, officials said. Contractors cleared the mold from several rooms before school started, and they will be brought back to handle the mold in the library, officials said.
To protect students and staff, doors and vents to the library will be sealed in plastic, and an air containment system will be used to filter the air to the outside of the building. Work will be performed during non-school hours.
An Orange County public health official will visit Chapel Hill High next week to observe the cleaning process, which also will be monitored by an industrial hygienist to ensure safe cleaning procedures are followed, officials said.
To help prevent a recurrence, the school is running its boilers and air conditioning system simultaneously to keep humidity levels low, but district officials said they are discussing other options for the future.