With a Massachusetts middle/high school remaining closed due to a mold problem, officials are considering starting the school year at a former middle school.
Students at Quaboag Regional Middle-High School in Warren have yet to start classes this year. trying to figure out how to fix the problem and make up for lost classroom time. Superintendent Brett Kustigian announced Tuesday that officials were working out the details of holding classes at Converse Middle School in nearby Palmer.
"After walking through the Converse Middle School today, we have determined that this is an ideal location to temporarily host our middle and high school students, while, at the same time, working to rectify the mold issue at QRMHS," Kustigian said in a statement.
The middle school was in regular use until 2017. After the school closed, it continued to house administrative offices until July, and it continues to be used by recreational teams, according to Kustigian.
The mold was discovered when staff returned to Quaboag Regional Middle-High School.
"When all the teachers came back there were several problems reported, we did our due diligence and unfortunately we discovered mold throughout the building," Kustigian said last week.
"I don't really care as long as I get back to school, because I don't want this stopping me from learning," said 8th grader Hannah Manzaro.
Students and parents NBC10 Boston talked to were understanding.
"That's kind of cool too because I'm going to go to school for half days for like a month like that's OK, said senior Katelynn Nichols.
"I think the options that they're giving us parents and the students are the best that they can do with what we have going on," added student Angie Manzaro.
The superintendent said school officials will be putting updates on the school website.