Cedarbrook Middle School opening delayed two weeks

Posted: August 24, 2013

Cedarbrook Middle School in Cheltenham is scheduled to open two weeks late, on Sept. 16, as crews continue to remove mold from the campus.

The mold was discovered in some classrooms and hallways by maintenance crews in July, and remediation efforts are underway for the entire building, the district said in a letter Wednesday to parents, teachers and staff.

An independent environmental auditor will have to certify air-quality levels before students and staff will be allowed to return, Superintendent Natalie Thomas said.

If the Sept. 16 start date holds up, teachers can start setting up their classrooms on Sept. 13.

The district acknowledged that the delay will be inconvenient but that "the problem is a significant one that requires an equally significant response."

School starts Sept. 3 for the rest of the Cheltenham Township School District - including Myers Elementary, where the district rushed to repair water damage and remove lead paint that was also discovered in July.

The work at Meyers was less extensive, and will be mostly complete before school starts. Crews may be finishing up work on the outside of the campus, but the district said it "will not interrupt the school day or instruction."

For Cedarbrook, the district is working with the teachers union and school administrators to figure out how to make up those two weeks. Once a plan is negotiated, it will require school board approval.

Contact Jessica Parks at jparks@philly.com, 610-313-8117, or follow on Twitter @ JS_Parks.

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