Stroman campus update as of Sept. 16

Tests and samples were taken from discolored ceiling tiles

VICTORIA, Texas – In July 2021, members of the Victoria I.S.D. Maintenance Department conducted routine walk-throughs on campuses. On July 20, department members walked the main building of Stroman Middle School. They noticed discolored ceiling tiles during their walk-through.

Maintenance then conducted an air quality test and samples were taken from the tiles that day. Air quality tests were negative for pollutants. However, lab results indicated three types of molds. While awaiting a comprehensive assessment, immediate action was taken to remove staff from the building. Department members planned for any required remediation.

Farmer Environmental Group (FEG) has taken additional samples and pictures. The final report detected very high counts of Penicillium/Aspergillus in the air. Fusarium, another Type I and III allergen and a potential opportunist or pathogen, was also at a level of concern.

FEG performs mold assessment

Additionally, FEG performed a mold assessment report for the Stroman campus, building A. The assessment included lab results, findings and recommendations. The recommendation is to remediate all mold-damaged materials. It was also recommended to clean all surfaces throughout the facility with an anti-microbial biocide.  FEG also requested an asbestos analysis to rule out the need to include asbestos abatement in the mold remediation protocol options for the district to consider. The amount of asbestos abatement required will depend upon the scope of work needed to address the mold remediation.

Current standing for the district

Currently, the district is awaiting mold remediation/asbestos abatement protocol options for the district to consider. As of right now, V.I.S.D. does not have enough information to predict an accurate time frame for when the Stroman campus will be operational. Victoria I.S.D. continues to gather the information needed to determine the best options for Stroman students and staff, Liberty students and staff and the district.

You can find more information regarding the Stroman Middle School Environmental Update by reading the Aug. 2021 and Sept. 2021 Administration Reports.