Glenwood parent requests independent environmental investigation of Howard County schools

Glenwood parents calls for independent environmental review of Howard County schools

Glenwood Middle School parent Vicky Cutroneo requested an independent environmental investigation of Howard County school system facilities at the Board of Education's meeting on Thursday night. 

"We want to rebuild the trust we have in the school system, but to do so we need an independent environmental investigation by a company certified in mold remediation of a parent expert's choosing," she said during the board's public forum. 

Cutroneo and other Howard County parents have criticized the school system's lack of communication about mold found at several Howard County schools, including Glenwood Middle, Mount View Middle, Pointers Run Elementary, and most recently, Glenelg High.

During her testimony at the board meeting, Cutroneo questioned the effectiveness of the mold remediation that the school system's contractor performed, and demanded that a more thorough investigation take place.

"The company needs to have complete access to all areas of the building and the investigation needs to include physical and visual inspection of spaces above ceiling tiles, the room crawl spaces and inside walls, and testing for not only mold, but bacteria and other organisms," she said.

The Howard school system recently formed the Indoor Environmental Quality Advisory Committee to ensure a "quality environment for students, teachers and all staff, and anyone who uses our facilities," according to a Sept. 17 presentation to the board by Gina Massella, administrative director for high schools, and Anissa Dennis, administrative director for middle schools.

Cutroneo and a group of parents involved in advocating for environmental improvements at Glenwood Middle School called the committee "too narrow in scope."

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