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Parents, Teachers Worried over Possible Health Concerns in Manitowoc School
It's a You Ask. We Investigate Report: Possible Health Concerns at a Manitowoc grade school. Teachers say the roof is leaking and mold is making them sick. Administrators tell us a different story, saying Madison Elementary is safe and the students have nothing to fear.
Jim Carlson represents the teachers and says the damage at Madison Elementary is substantial. "There's buckets collecting water everywhere. The building is in disrepair. This has been an issue for a number of years." And parents like Mark Czechanski are concerned for their children's health. "I know it's been mold, I just talked to a lady two days ago...you can smell it inside."
But not everyone has heard the news. "My daughter would say something if there was something leaky, or moldy in the school, that's for sure." Jim Steckmesser told us."
NBC26 talked with Superintendent Mark Swanson on the phone, he said he did not want to go on camera for this story. But he did say there is nothing wrong with Madison Elementary. The Principal also talked off camera and said in the two years he's been here, there have been no reports of mold."
Administrators wouldn't talk about any reports of specific damage and would our cameras in the school to check it out.
Jim Carlson says teachers scared for their health, and their jobs. People are afraid to speak out for fear of retaliation. Without the protection of the collective bargaining agreement."
Administrators say they want to focus on education, the union, says it just wants the school to be safe.