The Cheltenham Township School District is dealing with mold in the middle school and lead paint in an elementary school that could delay the start of the academic year.
Summer maintenance crews discovered "a significant presence of mold" at Cedarbrook Middle School in July, Superintendent Natalie Thomas wrote to staff.
They placed vacuum systems and dehumidifiers in several classrooms and hallways to eradicate it, but the mold kept reappearing due to "excessive damp weather and humidity," according to district documents.
Around the same time, crews began repairing a water leak in the basement of Myers Elementary School. When workers tore back drywall, they found peeling paint on the original foundation. About a third of the paint tested positive for lead.