Critical mould situation at school board
A coalition of parents, teachers, and other staff working at Quebec's largest school board is demanding the government turn over the funds necessary to fix an escalating mould problem in several of its schools.
Since 2011, six schools with the Commission Scolaire de Montreal have closed due to mould, and about twenty are being monitored.
Members of the newly-formed coalition say the situation is critical and is only going to get worse.
"It's in really bad shape and if we keep up with the financing we have now, it's going to be atrocious," says Alain Marois, spokesperson for the Coalition and president of the Alliance des professeures et professeurs de Montréal.
The coalition is demanding $100-million from the PQ government every year for the next ten years.
"We need this money right now, but we know it's impossible to get it all in one big chunk."
He adds that many children and staff members have fallen sick, and they highly suspect it's related to the mould and poor air quality in the schools.
"Teachers had to be kept off work and some of them can't go back because their health is endangered by the mould."
Over at the English Montreal School Board meantime, a spokesperson tells CJAD news their schools are monitored and checked on a regular basis. Only one school, John F Kennedy High School in Villeray, is closed at the moment after asbestos was discovered in the walls last May. No word on when the school will reopen.