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Starke Elementary shut over mold concerns

Mold concerns force one Bradford County School to temporarily close its doors.

After fielding many complaints about the potential for mold, the Superintendent ordered an air quality check, which did not meet environmental quality standards.  As such, the Superintendent says in a letter that he has decided to temporarily close the school in “an abundance of caution”.

The school will be closed beginning Friday, August 23. Students will be relocated and classes will begin again Tuesday.  Parents will be notified through telephone, email, the Bradford County Schools website and the Bradford County Schools Facebook.

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