Malibu News
Mold Tests Show No Abnormalities
By Amanda Macke
Oct 16, 2013 - 7:01:43 PM

MALIBU Malibu High School released preliminary test results that show no abnormal levels of mold in campus buildings as investigations continue into the health and safety of the school’s environment.

 

On October 11, the Malibu High School Superintendent Sandra Lyon released a statement that the preliminary mold test results conducted on September 20 and October 4 in classrooms 2, 3, 10 and 14, “do not suggest a hidden source of mold and that the building can continue to be occupied and should not pose a health hazard from a mold standpoint.” Lyon stated the classrooms will still remain unoccupied until more comprehensive testing can demonstrate the environmental safety of the building. The final mold testing report will be released on Friday, October 18, and will be posted on the website: http://fipcontractors.smmusd.org/malIbu-community-outreach.aspx.

 

Concerns in the community aroused when 21 Malibu middle and high school teachers sent a public letter to the school district’s risk manager, Gary Bradbury, expressing their belief that contaminants in campus buildings and soil were the cause of a host of teachers’ health issues. The faculty members listed ailments such as hair loss, migraines, rashes, and thyroid problems, including three teachers that were diagnosed with stage 1 thyroid cancer in the last six months.

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Malibu High School

 

"The District is taking swift and aggressive steps to implement an environmental testing plan intended to answer the school community’s questions and concerns regarding Malibu High School,” Sandra Lyon said in a statement. “The health and safety of all occupants of our facilities is paramount and our action plan will be both thorough and transparent in resolving the issues identified.”

 

The high school employed an independent environmental health and safety firm called Phylmar Group to take the lead role in the investigation, and is consulting experts from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. Mark Katchen of the Phylmar Group attended Malibu High School and Cabrillo Elementary School on October 14 and 15 to assess the campuses and interview staff.

 

Malibu High School also formed a community task force with Elaine Rene-Weissman as Community Liaison to “facilitate the identification and resolution of community concerns.” Katchen will work in unison with the task force to ensure the community stays informed and plays an active role in the investigations.

 

Thursday, October 17, has been tentatively set as the date when Katchen and the community task force will hold their first meeting. By next week, the names and contact information of task force members will be available on the school’s website, and an email has been set up for community members to send their questions and concerns at: malibufaq@smmusd.org

 

A general FAQ page regarding the investigation is also being developed and will soon be posted on the school’s website.



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