Chapel Hill High closes library to clean moldy books - WRBL

Chapel Hill High closes library to clean moldy books

Posted: Updated:
The library at Chapel Hill High School is closed this week while a crew removes and cleans every book from its shelves The library at Chapel Hill High School is closed this week while a crew removes and cleans every book from its shelves
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -

The library at one Chapel Hill school is closed this week to keep students away from the books.

The precaution comes as mold was found growing on the edge of some leather-bound books at Chapel Hill High School

A crew will remove and clean every book from the shelves of the library this week during times when students are not in class.

The cleanup could cost between $15,000 and $20,000.

Over the summer, some classrooms flooded, which caused some mold there. That was cleaned up before students returned, but school leaders think the library mold grew from moisture that came through the HVAC system.

Todd LoFrese, assistant superintendent for support services for Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools, said the library mold likely grew from moisture that came through the HVAC system. He blamed an unusually humid summer for the problems.

"Occasionally we have some smaller, isolated issues if a HVAC unit in a classroom stops working or if you get some moisture or some flooding in a particular classroom. I think was a little larger-scale for us," LoFrese said.

The mold has disrupted the normal flow of the school, Principal Sulura Jackson said.

"You work to try to make sure your media center is the heart of your school and you want students to have access to that resource. So, we can't relocate the media center, but we can relocate the resources that are there," Jackson said.

Library staff will be relocated to a computer room so they can continue to help students.

A representative from the Orange County Health Department observed some of the cleaning process. Also, an industrial hygienist will monitor to make sure proper procedures are followed.

The school is temporarily running boilers and the air conditioning system at the same time to help keep humidity levels low.

According to a news release from Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, "Chapel Hill High School is one of our older facilities and is in need of significant repairs and renovations.

"The district has conducted a professional facility analysis of our older schools and is developing long term solutions to address challenges such as these. This fall, district administration will share results with the community and will also present findings and solutions related to Chapel Hill High School at an upcoming school improvement team meeting."

Justin Quesinberry

Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina.  More>>

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Teen mom charged after baby found buried at Louisburg home

    Teen mom charged after baby found buried at Louisburg home

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:44:25 GMT
    Ashley Reed, 16, of Louisburg is charged with concealing a death after her infant was found buried beside her house.
    Ashley Reed, 16, of Louisburg is charged with concealing a death after her infant was found buried beside her house.
  • Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Thursday, July 10 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-07-11 00:01:10 GMT
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
  • Couple arrested for having sex on Cortez Beach in front of beachgoers

    Couple arrested for having sex on Cortez Beach in front of beachgoers

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:08:35 GMT
    Bradenton Beach police officers were dispatched to Cortez Beach after a few people called 911 and complained about a couple having sex publicly, right next to a little girl on the beach.
    Bradenton Beach police officers were dispatched to Cortez Beach after a few people called 911 and complained about a couple having sex publicly, right next to a little girl on the beach.
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.