MADISONVILLE-Two concerned parents
addressed the Monroe County Board of Education on Thursday night.
Parent Keith Morgan, whose 11-year-old
daughter attends Madisonville Middle School, said his daughter has
had allergy and asthma problems since she began school there this
year. He noted she didn't have problems at her previous schools in
"She had no health problems," said
Morgan. "Within three days after school started, she came down with
Morgan said his daughter missed two straight weeks of school
and her grade average has dropped. After allergy testing and speaking
to an environmentalist, he believes the school has a mold problem or
bad air quality.
Morgan asked the board to have the
school inspected for air quality and mold. Maintenance Supervisor
Charles Underwood said the estimated cost for that would be $3,000.
MMS Principal Kristy Windsor said the
school has not had complaints up to this point and there has not been
a problem with the attendance rate.
School Health Supervisor Sonia Hardin
said there has been a high number of upper respiratory infections
this year in all schools.
"I don't have the numbers with me,
but I don't recognize a greater number of kids carrying inhalers
there than I do at our other schools," she said.
Hardin noted that the school system did
purchase air purifiers to place in each classroom for this particular
School Board member Steve Rogers wanted
the total information on the county schools to compare.
"We would like to see that there is a
just cause to spend $3,000," said Chairman Bob Lovingood.
Lovingood, however, told Morgan they
wanted to take care of his child.
"Your child is important to us. All
our students are important to us," said Lovingood. "We need to
get the information we need to make a good decision."
See full story in the Sunday, Oct. 21, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.