KINGSPORT — Sullivan County’s school system no longer faces a multi-million-dollar black mold lawsuit from a former high school teacher. He claims his health suffered multiple times, including conditions leading to hospital visits, as a result of mold exposure on the job.
Sullivan County’s school system will spend about $50,000 on mold, moisture and humidity testing and black mold remediation at two facilities, officials told the Board of Education at a Thursday work session.
Sullivan County officials have released more details of follow-up mold tests at Sullivan North/Middle School, but are not commenting on a $21 million lawsuit filed by a former teacher over alleged “black mold” that sickened him.
Follow-up tests at Sullivan North High/Middle School turned up no airborne black mold spores where they had been found last week, according to the Sullivan County director of schools. However, a former North teacher says he has filed a $21 million lawsuit against the school system for mold exposure he alleges put him in the hospital.
Sullivan North High/Middle School, co-located in the same building, will be closed Thursday and Friday for remediation but is to reopen Monday, Director of Schools Evelyn Rafalowski said.
The school system tested all classrooms as the school Thursday, Jan. 31, after concerns expressed online, including the social media site Facebook.
Volunteer High School was inspected for mold last week. Although there are some stains caused by previous leaks, Director of Schools Steve Starnes told the Times-News Tuesday, "There is no mold that I'm aware of."