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Mold remains a problem in Broward schools, despite millions spent on repairs

Photo of mold on a school ceiling
Nathalie Lynch-Walsh / Courtesy
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Sun Sentinel
Moldy ceiling tiles, like this one taken at Broadview Elementary in North Lauderdale in September, are common in Broward schools. Mold continues to be spotted even in schools where renovation work is complete.

When Broward school officials were persuading the public in 2014 to approve an $800 million school renovation program, they often showed photos of moldy, decaying buildings and vowed a bond referendum would make a difference.

Indoor air quality would improve, officials said, as leaky roofs and faulty air conditioners were replaced.

But seven years later, mold remains a major problem, inspection reports show, even in schools where work has been completed. Many others are still waiting for promised repairs, with only about two dozen of 200 major projects complete. This week, the district told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that the renovation program was never intended to focus on mold remediation.

Read more at our news partner the South Florida Sun Sentinel.