Alternate schools named for Starke Elementary students

Published: Friday, August 23, 2013 at 5:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 23, 2013 at 5:50 p.m.

Bradford County School District officials have found alternate locations for Starke Elementary School students to attend classes after the school was closed Thursday because of mold contamination.

“The well-being of our students and staff is my top priority,” Bradford County Schools Superintendent Chad Farnsworth wrote in a prepared statement. “Closing Starke Elementary School was not an easy decision, but it was necessary to permanently solve this recurring issue. I thank the members of our community for their understanding and willingness to help with this relocation.”

Starke Elementary had experienced mold contamination issues intermittently for several years, district officials said Thursday.

Farnsworth ordered an air quality test over the summer, and the results came back Thursday indicating the school should not be occupied.

The district is working on solving the mold problem at Starke Elementary permanently, schools spokesman Brian Graham said Thursday, but in the meantime, Starke Elementary students will return to classes on Sept. 3 at alternate locations:

* Kindergarten and fourth grade: Southside Elementary, 823 Stansbury St., Starke

* First and second grade: Lawtey Elementary, 22703 N. Park St., Lawtey

* Third grade: Santa Fe College Stump Building, 520 W. Pratt St., Starke

* Fifth grade: Bradford County School District (conference rooms), 501 W. Washington St., Starke

Parents with more than one child in Bradford County schools may submit a special pupil assignment request to Lawtey Elementary to keep siblings in the same school for convenience. To submit a request, call Lawtey Elementary at 904-966-6795.

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