Air quality firm to meet with Edgewater Elementary School community

A consulting firm hired by Anne Arundel County schools to test air quality at Edgewater Elementary School will meet with the school community on Tuesday.

Ed Light, president of Ashton-based Building Dynamics LLC, said Friday that the company is conducting comprehensive evaluations and reviewing parents' and staff concerns. He said Building Dynamics will meet with the Edgewater community at 7 p.m. Tuesday and that a report would be issued when the firm's study is complete.

Two weeks ago, a group of Edgewater parents, teachers, staff and students gathered at a school board public hearing and implored Anne Arundel school officials to prioritize improvements to the school's aging structure, which they say is fraught with health concerns. The school system conducted air and water tests at the school in November and December after hearing similar complaints.

Building Dynamics specializes in indoor environmental quality and HVAC replacement.

On Friday, Light visited the school and met with Edgewater Elementary parents, marking the second time in as many weeks that the company has visited the school.

Edgewater PTA president Jenny Corkill said that they discussed the parents' concerns about air quality, mold and leaking ceiling tiles.

"I took him around and showed him our concerns and our problems," said Corkill, who added that she asked whether parents would hear the results directly from Building Dynamics or the school board, and that Light set up the meeting with parents.

"[Light] said that he may or may not have some preliminary information at that time, but he would also be available to answer questions," said Corkill, "and he would have at least some more information, having investigated and looked at different areas."

Corkill said that Light spent time in the school's boiler system. Recently, Anne Arundel schools chief operating officer Alex Szachnowicz said that a test last year identified two leaks in the crawl space of the school's steam system. He said pipes in the steam system have been repaired.

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