Test shows mold levels normal at Farmington school

Carpets in two Bluffview Elementary classrooms will be replaced

Joshua Kellogg, jkellogg@daily-times.com
Luanne Davis, principal at Bluffview Elementary School, points out what she suspects is possible mold on her carpet on Aug. 24 at the school in Farmington.

FARMINGTON — Test results showed mold levels in two Bluffview Elementary School classrooms are within normal and acceptable levels, according to a Farmington schools official.

The tests were conducted Tuesday after doctors told two fifth-grade teachers at the school that they might be suffering from symptoms related to mold exposure.

Ted Lasiewicz, chief of operations for the Farmington Municipal School District, said the district received the test results late Thursday night.

"There appears to be no problem at all," Lasiewicz said.

The two Bluffview teachers — Sarah Kimbell and Janie Sorrelhorse— and their students were relocated to classrooms in a different part of the building last Monday. 

The teachers spoke to Principal Luanne Davis about their health concerns, and after speaking to Lasiewicz, Davis directed them to be examined at a Reliance Medical Group office in Farmington.

Davis said she was glad to see test results were within normal levels. And she said she is eager for students to return soon to their regular classrooms.

"We erred on the side of caution for our teachers and students," Davis said about the precautions. "Everything will be just fine at Bluffview."

Custodial staff thoroughly cleaned both classrooms last week. In one of the classrooms, furniture and supplies, including books, were removed and cleaned.

Parents were contacted through the district’s automated telephone system to inform them about the possible mold.

As an additional proactive measure, the carpets in each classroom will be replaced, according to Lasiewicz. He said there were concerns about stains found on the carpet while it was being cleaned.

Crews today removed the carpet from the classrooms and plan to install new carpet on Tuesday, Lasiewicz said.

Teachers and students will return to their original classrooms after the new carpet is installed, according to Davis.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.