Kenowa Hills again delays start of middle school

Harper Creek Middle School in Battle Creek to start school Wednesday

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ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Kenowa Hills Middle School students are getting an even longer holiday weekend.

The district announced Tuesday afternoon that the start of classes will be delayed at least one more day as they await results from air quality tests taken earlier in the day.

Kenowa Hills expects the test results won’t be available until 8 p.m. or later on Tuesday. In a post on its website, the district told parents it opted to cancel classes at the middle school before then “because we understand your need to plan.”

The district said the band and orchestra meeting scheduled for Wednesday evening will also be rescheduled.

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The school delays that started Tuesday stemmed from damage caused by a spring hail storm that damaged both the middle and high school roofs. That allowed rain to leak into the buildings, causing water damage. Crews temporarily fixed the roofs and cleaned up the water damage, but air quality tests came back positive for mold spores in a few middle school classrooms Saturday.

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Crews work to repair the roof at Kenowa Hills Public Schools.

Superintendent Gerald Hopkins said the mold is believed to be the common type, not black mold.

Mold also forced Harper Creek Middle School in Battle Creek to postpone its start of school, but classes there are now scheduled to begin Wednesday. Kenowa Hills High School and elementary school will also be open Wednesday.

Hopkins said the middle and high school roofs will be completely replaced next summer.

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