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Parents of Montevallo Elementary students voice concerns over mold

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Yolanda Inabinette was one of many concerned parents at the meeting on Tuesday night. Yolanda Inabinette was one of many concerned parents at the meeting on Tuesday night.
Montevallo Elementary Principal Dr. Annie McClain assured parents that the school system was addressing the issue. Montevallo Elementary Principal Dr. Annie McClain assured parents that the school system was addressing the issue.

Parents with children that attend Montevallo Elementary want to know their children are safe. They packed the cafeteria Tuesday night with concerns about mold. Some students were moved to portables in September after black mold was found in some classrooms.

Parents are worried about the safety of their children at Montevallo Elementary. "I can't promise them I'm sending them to a school that's safe and clean. That's what I'm supposed to do." PTO President Michele Gallagher wants specific information from the Shelby County School System on how clean-up is going in areas where black mold was found primarily in the 5th grade wing. 5th graders are now learning out here.

"K through 4th grade are in the building and that's what we're concerned about. We don't know if its in the air ducts, we don't know what's going on."  Parent Yolanda Inabinette says "I'm not being updated as I feel like I should be. I feel likes we should be updated every week on anything done in the school."

Many parents say their children now have asthma. Those parents  believe mold could be to blame,  there are even concerns about asbestos. That's why the PTO wants to get their own environmental team in to investigate.

Principal, Dr. Annie McClain understands parents are fearful but says the school system is addressing the matter. "There have been two air quality tests done. I haven't got the report on the second one, but in all fairness, the board is working to clean up the mold."

The PTO has hired an attorney because members say teachers have never been notified about asbestos in the building. We could not reach the superintendent for an interview.

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