Crews work to remove mold from Granville Co. elementary school

CREEDMOOR, N.C. (WNCN) – Students at Creedmoor Elementary in Granville County had to be moved to different classrooms after mold was found inside the school last week.

Books and other supplies had to be thrown out while a wall was knocked down in order to remove the mold.

First grader Brent Bates didn’t know what was causing the smell he noticed, but his mom said both her kids complained.

Granville County Schools said it became aware of a moisture problem last week and professional tests showed the presence of mold spores in several areas of the school where first and second graders have class.

Stand Winborne with Granville County Schools said mold growth in certain parts of the school was “extensive.”

Professional cleaning crews were brought into help remove the mold.

“They came in with specialized equipment and cleaned surfaces of every object in the room as well as air filtration systems,” Winborne said.

The district said the classroom areas are now clean and safe.

Crews are cleaning the cafeteria this weekend where air scrubbers continue to filter the air.

Students are eating in their classrooms until the cleaning is complete.

Some parents said they are concerned the mold was here long before this school year started and they’re worried about their kids’ health and learning environment.

“If my kids are in a school with mold, I don’t want them there,” said parent Angel Lunceford.

Winborne said there is no way to tell how long the mold has been in the school.

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