Mold growth was discovered in the exterior walls of the wing

TIGARD - Tigard High School's language wing likely will not be reopened until the end of next school year.

'So make arrangements for activities in that building to be accommodated (somewhere else) for an entire school year,' project manager Jerry Milstead told the Tigard-Tualatin School District Aug. 10.

Near the end of the 2005-06 school year, teachers in the wing reported seeing wet patches on the ceiling and wall. A closer evaluation of the structure found that some exterior siding had failed and was letting in moisture.

The School Board approved an emergency declaration to go forward with repairs. Mold growth was discovered in the exterior walls of the wing, which houses eight classrooms. Air samples taken from the language wing indicated that airborne mold spores existed in the wing.

The district was aware of the mold growth before the end of the school year and was prepared to move the classes. However, industrial hygienists reported that the environment was safe for classes to continue until the end of the school year.

Tigard High School still has temporary buildings onsite that were used for displaced classrooms during previous renovation projects. Superintendent Rob Saxton said the language wing classes could be held in those structures while repairs are completed.

The emergency declaration approved in late June allowed the district to move forward with repairs without entering into a competitive bidding process. The resolution will allow repairs to be made quickly, according district officials.

Milstead said demolition and construction on the wing will begin Sept. 5.

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