The issued a statement Monday about what it calls a "false scare-tactic rumor" about mold at the St. Croix Meadows property. District voters will decide Tuesday whether the district will buy the property for a new secondary school.
The district issued the following statement:
The district has become aware of a scare-tactic rumor being sent out through Facebook and emails by individuals who are against the purchase of St. Croix Meadows. The untrue rumor suggests the building will contain mold when it opens.
Any building remodel is designed to eliminate problems such as mold. That is the case with St. Croix Meadows. The inside of the St. Croix Meadows building will be extensively redone, dry wall and other surfaces that could harbor mold will be removed. The building will be tested as part of the demolition and reconstruction process. Neither students nor staff will be at risk when the school opens. It will be a new clean environment.
When the building was assessed by the engineer and architects and cost savings determined, budgeted dollars were included to deal with potential reconstruction issues that may be identified during demolition. The estimated construction costs savings of $4.8 - $7.45 million included covering this cost if needed.
It is a common last minute scare-tactic used by referendum opponents to bring out information like this close to an election that leaves little time to provide accurate information. The district wants to make sure you have accurate information. St. Croix Meadows will be a safe school for students, staff and the community.
The rumor was planted on the Hudson Pach page on Facebook over the weekend with the following language:
Just received some interesting information about the condition of the dog track. This comes from a very reliable source whom I trust. For a number of years the main building had a very large hole in the roof. Consequently with years of immense water infiltration the building is so full of mold, both black and white, it's very questionable that any of it can be used. Even if the mold is attempted to be cleaned up, i wonder if the State of WI would allow kids in a building once containing extreme mold? Better yet would parents want their kids attending school in this building knowing about the mold? The district hasn't told us this so I'm sure parents done know. Spread the word. This is very reliable information.