Mold causes San Marcos CISD staff to relocate central administration building

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San Marcos CISD staff will move out of its central office temporarily after two air quality tests found mold in the building.

According to a school district news release, staff will relocate to 631 Mill St., San Marcos, “until further analysis and decisions can be made on the [central administration]building.”

Last Monday, the board of trustees approved the payments of $11,190 per month for the temporary location and $50,000 for moving expenses.

“We share this information with the SMCISD community to be fully transparent with taxpayers’ dollars as SMCISD went through the due process of selecting a temporary building that would be financially responsible to our constituents,” spokesman Andrew Fernandez said in the release.

According to the mold assessment report, staff working in the central office building at 501 S. LBJ Drive reported having health issues due to microbial growth. The building saw flooding due to a plumbing issue last year and has had an ongoing HVAC problem, causing a “substantial amount of humidity,” the report said.

Environmental Consultant Jace Hassoldt with King Consultants Inc. recommended the school district perform the following tasks:

  • The HVAC unit and duct be thoroughly cleaned and inspected
  • The building be thoroughly cleaned
  • Work be performed by a professional remediation company following a written mold work protocol as soon as possible

A second consultant, Enviro Services Inc., recommended the following:

  • The carpet/floor should be replaced
  • The ceiling tile and grid system should be replaced
  • All exterior walls should be sealed with water sealant
  • The roof should be replaced
  • All interior walls should be wiped with a biocide, or a type of chemical disinfectant used to kill living organisms, and checked for moisture
  • The HVAC system should be replaced, properly sized and professionally installed

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  1. How did you get this to happen. Mold was a problem at Navarro elementary in Lockhart tx. We complained about mold all the time. There was visible mold on the floor and walls, and they just painted over it. Kids were waiting in line in the cafeteria and pieces of air duct covered in mold fell out of the vents and on students. They did nothing about it. Kids and workers are sick with allergy symptoms at work, but they never have issues any where else.

Marie Albiges
Marie Albiges was the editor for the San Marcos, Buda and Kyle edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covered San Marcos City Council, San Marcos CISD and Hays County Commissioners Court. Marie previously reported for the Central Austin edition. Marie moved to Austin from Williamsburg, Va. in 2016 and was born in France. She has since moved on from Community Impact in May 2018.
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