WESTFIELD, NJ – The school district is replacing the gymnasium floor at McKinley Elementary School after discovering mold beneath its surface, the school business administrator said.
Prior to the mold being found, the district had planned to replace just damaged sections of the floor, School Business Administrator Dana Sullivan said at a special meeting of the school board Thursday morning. The district began working on the project in June, after the end of the academic year, Sullivan said.
“There was mold underneath. There was no mold issue as far as when people were in the building,” Sullivan said. “It was once we pulled it up that it became an issue. When it was contained, it was not an issue.”
The floors at McKinley School are over 100 years old, Sullivan said. “When we picked it up, we found moisture underneath, so we now have a much bigger project,” she said.
School district officials have met with contractors and a consultant to decide the best course of action, she said.
“We have to determine the source of the water before we can determine what else to do,” Sullivan added. “We’re on top of it, but we’re not yet sure how big of a project it is, and what we’re going to replace the floor with, which will also impact the timeline.”
Kehler Stadium Overhaul
Sullivan said the district had been moving ahead of schedule on the Kehler Stadium renovations, but that weather conditions have caused a slight delay.
“The rain has caused a little bit of a delay. Nothing major,” Sullivan said. She explained that while all of the turf has been replaced, the asphalt still has to be poured and allowed to cure for 28 days. “They haven’t been able to do that because of rain.”
More Facilities Projects
The district is moving forward with additional planned facilities projects, including the installation of emergency generators, Sullivan said. “We’re starting to turn them on and see how they work,” Sullivan said. “We’re getting close with that project.”
Other projects in progress include the TV studio renovations at Westfield High School, door replacements, and restroom and lobby renovations, she said. Sullivan said work on these projects is expected to continue into the school year.
As announced during a March board meeting, Westfield High School, Edison Intermediate School and Roosevelt Intermediate School are expected to receive new classroom and stairwell doors that lock automatically once the principal initiates a lockdown, as well as security gates that will lock certain areas of the building.
The district hopes to install similar doors in the elementary schools in the summer of 2020, Sullivan then said.
The district in March also had announced plans to renovate the auditorium lobbies at Edison Intermediate School and Roosevelt Intermediate School. District officials also announced restroom renovations set for the intermediate schools and the high school.