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Bethlehem Area School District

Bethlehem, NJ: (May-30-07) The Freemansburg Elementary School filed charges against the Bethlehem Area School District, after mold shut the school's doors for over a year. In a settlement reached, school board members voted unanimously to accept the $175,000 settlement from Valiant Insurance Co., which covered the district during the 2000-01 mold crises, making up the last costs that the Bethlehem Area School District incurred in cleaning up mold.

This settlement, reached in federal court, is in addition to a $1.2 million settlement the board approved in February, 2007. That money came from three contractors whose work the district blamed for the mold. The costs to the district would have been greater had community businesses and volunteers not stepped in to help retrofit old Bethlehem Steel Corp. offices into "Freemansburg South," as the makeshift school at 701 E. Third St. was called. The district traced the mold, including a potentially lethal strain, to roof leaks caused during a summer 2000 roof replacement at the 501 Monroe St. School. All 350 students began the following school year 12 days late in the former Steel General Office building. Cleanup and inventory replacement continued throughout the year. [EVERYTHING JERSEY: SCHOOL MOLD]

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Published on May-30-07


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