One Week Before School Opens, Possible Problems At Berkeley Township Elementary School

Test results should be available on Thursday, superintendent says


The staff of the Berkeley Township Elementary School was summoned to a special meeting yesterday over a possible environmental problem in the building.

Schools Superintendent James D. Roselli confirmed that a company is doing testing at the school on Emory Avenue in Bayville. But he declined to discuss the nature of the problem with Berkeley Patch until test results are back on Thursday.

"We are in the process of identifying exactly what is going on in the building," said Roselli, who was appointed superintendent in late June. "We don't have any answers."

Board Vice-President James Fulcomer said he had "heard a rumor" the school was closed to staff members and contacted Roselli's secretary. He was told there was a meeting about the matter at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, but because of the short notice, he couldn't attend.

"There wasn't enough time for me to get there, so I didn't go," Fulcomer said. "I got invited to go to the meeting, but got no answers to my questions."

Roselli said yesterday that all Board of Education members were contacted by his secretary about the matter.

"Everyone is in the loop," he said.

Fulcomer said Roselli called him Wednesday afternoon.

"There is a possibility there might be some mold at the Berkeley Township Elementary School," Fulcomer said.

The test results should be available on Thursday, Roselli said.

"We have a company doing the testing," he said. "I'll know by Thursday. It could be nothing. We really don't know what it is at this point."

The decision to test was made because of the "extreme heat and humidity" over the summer, Roselli said.  "It's just routine testing of all the buildings."

The Berkeley Township Elementary School opened in 2004. It's the newest elementary school in the four-school Berkeley Township school district.

MC August 29, 2012 at 11:27 AM
All the schools, or just that one??????????? Which is it? If it is "routine testing" then ALL of the township schools should be tested, no?
Tress August 29, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Please confirm that the three other district schools have been tested. These buildings are much older and are attended by the youngest children in Berkeley.
Natty Bumppo August 29, 2012 at 01:18 PM
The gang that couldn't shoot straight!
Poindexter McSmash August 29, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Do we still have any rights??? Tell us now what's going on or be replaced!
john August 29, 2012 at 01:44 PM
old building s breath more......new building s are built to much tighter infiltration standards.... this test might just be because some mold was found, precautionary tests..... don't be over alarmed, you might be suprised at what you would find in your own home bringing in a air quality expert..... don't jump to conculsions without the test results...
Christine Dwight August 29, 2012 at 01:45 PM
It just gets better and better.
MC August 29, 2012 at 04:35 PM
@ John.... I agree that this could be found in our own homes as well and that we shouldnt jump to conclusions. My issue with this is that it was stated that this is "routine" testing in "all" buildings, and that is simply false information.
rogl August 29, 2012 at 07:03 PM
there is actually mold growing at btes and it isn't routine testing. too bad they spent so much money on a superintendent search and someone to show him the ropes if they hadn't they may have had the money for "routine testing."
rogl August 29, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Also when is someone going to start making the administration accountable for their screw ups. Someone needs to start looking and snooping around to find the garbage before the administration gets the chance to sweep it under a rug.
Anonymous August 29, 2012 at 08:28 PM
David Schwimer was at Wonder Weiner
dominic August 29, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Stinks! Just like everything else our Berkeley Board does!
Chief Wahoo August 29, 2012 at 10:19 PM
keep spending our money......just throw more good money after bad.....the problems will go away
john August 29, 2012 at 10:40 PM
wow this is going off track..........i starting to think nobody is reading anymore.....
Mary Ricciuti August 30, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Why do they wait til the kids are going back to school, to do this stuff? They've had all summer to resolve any issues with the building. Kinda like the roadwork on Veterans Blvd, It's hard enough getting through there...wait til all the buses are out! Should've been done right after school let out in June. Is this mold issue going to cause a delay in resuming school?
Thomas August 30, 2012 at 04:32 PM
As citizens and taxpayers we need to educate ourselves about this school board. What they are and are not doing and why. I'm sure there is more to this story than is being told, that's the track record of this board. This November we vote out those currently on the board and elect new people. It's a shame we can't trust our elected officials to do what's right, vote them out!!
Town Mom August 31, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Any test results yet?


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