Mold at Hays CISD elementary school costing district $858K+

HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Earlier in November, Hemphill Elementary School in Kyle closed after mold was discovered in 13 classrooms, according to Hays Consolidated Independent School District.

The district said it started from a concern about a mold smell in a classroom.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Hays County elementary school closed for one week due to mold discovery

An air quality test confirmed the mold, and crews began working to remove it, according to Hays CISD.

The air quality test “revealed the initial classroom had elevated levels of Aspergillus/Penicillium,” which can affect people with “weakened immune systems or cause allergies,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Although mold is gone, classes for Hays County elementary school not resuming until Monday

According to the district, classes resumed on Monday, Nov. 11.

A hefty price tag

The entire process ended up costing the district $858,380, according to a school board agenda item.

The price tag is divided as follows:

  • Mold Remediation – $430,014

  • Air Quality Testing (estimated) – $30,000

  • Carpentry, Sheetrock, Drywall, Blocking – $188,889

  • Reset Wash Station Casework – $99,833

  • Rebuild Art Room Casework – $29,961

  • Reconnect Toilets – $4,683

  • Additional Testing if recommended, construction materials, labor – $75,000

The school board is set to discuss the cost at Tuesday’s board meeting under an agenda item titled “Consideration and possible approval of the Ratification of Building Repair Expenses at Hemphill Elementary School Due to Discovery and Abatement of Mold.”

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