CMS superintendent meets with concerned parents amid mold concerns

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - At a public meeting at Providence High School Wednesday, Superintendent Clayton Wilcox admitted he walked through the halls of Providence High before Christmas and overall, it wasn't clean enough.

He also said a cleaning group came in just before mold and moisture testing was done, which is part of what is making it hard for parents to trust the results of those tests.

"There's definitely something going on," parent Karyn Furr said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools released a statement this week saying there are no alarming levels of mold at Providence High, but parents like Furr are not buying it. She says her son has been sick since he started at Providence in September.

"There are way too many students who have the exact same symptoms, all complaining about the same things at the same times," she said.

The CMS statement insisted every classroom was checked, and there was no "mold accumulation." That mold report, then released Wednesday, had eight classrooms documented.

"I think the important thing here is we've committed to ongoing tests and we're going to keep looking," Wilcox said at Wednesday's meeting. "If this is a condition we didn't cure, we're going to address it going forward."

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Kim Quinlan says her son has persistent migraines. She thinks they could be linked to the air quality at the school, and finds comfort in Wednesday's large turnout.

"I was relieved to find out it wasn't his imagination," she said.

One student there Wednesday night mentioned the condition in the school's auxiliary buildings.

"There's a couple tiles still with mold on them," he said. "That's kind of a concern for me as an athlete."

The moisture study, also done in December, tested 20 spots in the school. It didn't find any moisture accumulation, but the company urged the school to do the study again in warmer months.

Wilcox also tried to reassure parents by saying the tests will continue.

"I don't think parents have to think that we were trying to cover something up," he said. "We were simply trying to act, and quite frankly I think the conversation would be much different if people said you're sitting on your hands, you didn't' do anything."

Wilcox also said, just for the general cleanliness of the school, he wants to get more training for the custodial staff, and the resources to hire more people.

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