Yonkers school to remain closed due to mold

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Many parents are frustrated in Yonkers after learning a school will remain closed after a mold problem.

Even though the mold tests came back clear, students at School 15 won't be in their own building until the end of the month.

Officials say they discovered black toxic mold in eight classrooms on the third floor. The discovery prompted an emergency evacuation of almost 600 students last week.

The cause appears to be a leaky roof that had been an ongoing problem.

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Since then, the students have been split up attending classes at either the Dodson Elementary School or Saint Bartholomew's School, while clean up and repairs could be made.

School officials met with parents Thursday night and said the tests for mold have now come back clear, but the plan is to do another round of testing, more cleaning and a full roof repair before students and staff are let back into the building.

"We are very optimistic, if everything goes as planned, by Oct. 22 we go to floors one and two," says Yonkers Schools Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada.

The roof repair costs roughly $1 million and the money will come from the district's capital funding. 

Both city and school officials are urging parents to lobby Albany lawmakers for more school funding to help fix the city's schools.

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