Terrace Manor Elementary (WRDW-TV)
News 12 First at Five / Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- New test results are in and they say there is no visible mold at an Augusta elementary school.
Terrace Manor has been under the microscope since its principal sounded the alarm over concerns earlier this month.
Still, some parents are just not buying the new report. Parents will be able to tell the school exactly how they feel in a meeting Tuesday night.
Mother Joyce Munford says she just doesn't buy it. She says she saw the mold for herself.
"It's something going on in there, it's something taking your breath, it's something making your children sick and my child comes home with a headache," she said.
Steve Bower is the assistant director of environmental health and safety for the district.
"Right now, there is no proof or anything to substantiate that any condition inside our building is causing a health concern," Bower said.
That's the word from Bower because in this latest report, a third party says they found no visible mold growth or even the distinctive smell related to it.
"The fumes in the hallways, it's stifling, it takes your breath," Munford said.
These results don't bring much comfort for Munford, whose fourth grade daughter has asthma.
"I'm not going to stop, I'm not stopping, I'm going to push the parents to the point where we are going to find out get to the bottom of what is really going on," she said.
Bower said, "There is no coverup, there is none whatsoever. We've done the testing. It's independent and there's no arguing."
But in a meeting Tuesday, some parents will argue.
"It just seems like we're chasing our tail, you know, you have tests, oh but it makes me sick, you test, oh but I'm sick, where does it end?" Bower said.
If you ask Munford, it won't end until she gets to the bottom of it or someone else does.
"I'm going to have to get her out of there, number one. I'm going to have her tested. They owe it to show us that our children are safe. OK, if you say it's not mold, OK show us it's not mold," Munford said.
News 12 wanted to see for ourselves, too. The interim principal said that he didn't have the authority to show us around. We did notice a stuffy smell.
The school released previous test results earlier this month. Click here to see previous test results.
The meeting is at 6 p.m. at the school. News 12 will keep you updated on the latest.
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