Florida funding cuts threaten indoor air quality of schools

Nov. 1, 2010
Hurricanes and high humidity make state's schools especially susceptible to mold

From The Orlando Sentinel: If you think indoor-air quality in Florida's public schools is bad now, just wait a few years, says Bill Smith, president of the state group representing school-facilities planners and facilities director for the Okaloosa County School District. During the past few years, the Florida Legislature has cut hundreds of millions of dollars for public-school construction and maintenance. This is the funding that pays for renovations to older buildings and maintenance projects such as replacing roofs and air-conditioning systems -- expensive undertakings that are crucial in the never-ending fight against mold and other indoor-air-quality problems.

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