Last week, the Upper Perkiomen School Board approved a $500,000 payment to the company hired to clean up mold at the high school. The total mitigation cost is expected to reach $1 million, according to Sandra Kassel, the district's business administrator.
Kassel offered the estimate following the board's Oct. 11 public meeting. "We're not sure if the insurance company is going to accept our claim," she said.
The district is seeking reimbursement from its insurance company, according to Kassel. She said officials submit the invoices as they are received from BELFOR, the agency hired to clean up mold in the high school.
As part of its financial reports, the members approved the payment to BELFOR USA Group, Inc. with check #43 from a money market account with Univest Bank. Email messages to Kassel and Superintendent Alexis McGloin requesting an itemized description of the invoice from BELFOR were not returned.
In early September, district officials closed the school for a week while crews from 1Source and BELFOR two "nationally- and globally-renown, well-established companies" treated those mold and moisture problems which mostly impacted classrooms in the 100 and 200 wings, as well as the guidance and the main office, according to Nicole Gum, a communication specialist for the district.
Crews cleaned every classroom in the impacted wing whether mold was discovered or ...