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McKinley School Teacher 'Never Fully Recovered' from Effects of Mold

According to a report on CNN, Lawson has since been on permanent disability “with a host of ailments including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a condition that has left her with 50 percent of her lung capacity.”

Joellen Lawson, a former special education teacher at ’s , which was torn down in 2000 due to a severe mold problem, to be rebuilt three years later, said in a recent CNN report that she has never recovered fully from the effects of mold and other possible toxins which she was exposed to while working at the school from 1991-1998.

According to the report, "Are Schools Making Kids Sick?," Lawson has since been on permanent disability “with a host of ailments including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a condition that has left her with 50 percent of her lung capacity.”

As a result of her experience, Lawson has become a staunch advocate for healthy school environments. She is a member of the Healthy Schools Network, Inc., which lobbies on the state and federal level for laws that protect children from mold and other facilities-related health hazards in schools.

The CNN report is mostly focused on the pontential dangers mold presents to children, but points out that school staff are often affected as well.

fairfield newcomer January 14, 2012 at 07:25 PM
How many other Fairfield Teachers are on permanent disability?
Jen Carolan January 14, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Very good question. There is one other elementary school teacher that is terminally ill due to her exposure to poor air quality in her school. Another good question, how many children have had to transfer schools, change classrooms, or take a leave of absence due to health problems related to allergies and asthma aggravated by poor air quality? That is a much harder answer to get but it's there.
Fairfield Resident January 15, 2012 at 08:07 AM
".................and other possible toxins......." Oh Please! Unless she was a Chemistry teacher........I am not buying it.
Jim Eastwood January 15, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Good Morning Fairfield WOW !!!! and I and others have not perminatly recovered from the costs of that new school Just a side note: where the school WAS , was High ground Where it is NOW was Swamp !! Does that make sense??? Oh well we will just Pay and Pay !!!!!! Have a Great Day and watch out for the Mold !!!!!!!!! Broke in Fairfield
R. Ludlowe January 15, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Right. I'm sure she made it all up, Mulder.
Pi January 15, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I am an old McKinley school alumni and I believe the mold problem was due to issues with the roof, not where the building was situated.
Jim Eastwood January 16, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Dear Pi You are CORRECT So Why wasn't the roof fixed?? Peaked roofs shed water but the NEW School the Peaks are reversed Ha whats that going to cost over the next years?? Stay Safe and watch out for that mold !!! Hey Taxes Going up 6 to 8 % in July That ought to bring tears to some one !!
tom November 30, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Mrs kermi rocked at that school..... As for mold my grandfather worked in ditchs in mud for 50 years and lived to 102

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