Yonkers school closing for at least 2 months amid mold cleanup, repairs

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Paideia School 15 in Yonkers will be closed for at least two months as construction begins on replacing its roof after the discovery of toxic black mold there.

The leaky roof eventually led to the discovery of toxic mold, displacing hundred of students and staffers. As the cleanup continues and construction on the new airtight roof begins, Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada says he's now doing everything he can to get what he calls "his kids" back in their regular classrooms.

Until then, the school's 600 students will continue their education at the St. Bartholomew School and Dodson Elementary. Beginning Monday, there are plans to move third- and fourth-grade general education students from Dodson to St. Bartholomew so they can learn in a classroom rather than a gymnasium.

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Yonkers Federation Of Teachers President Samantha Rosado-Ciriello is calling on the district to conduct air quality and mold testing in every school building, saying the problem at School 15 could have easily been prevented.

Quezada says that most buildings in the school district are more than 80 years old, but there are many roofs already being repaired or replaced.

The construction and cleaning effort at School 15 is estimated to cost about $1 million.

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