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STARPOINT ILLNESSES TIED TO RENOVATION WORK

Consultants suggested Monday that seeping water or poor ventilation may be responsible for some of the illnesses suffered by pupils and teachers in the Starpoint Central School campus' main building.

Lyn M. Dyster, president of Biolyne Inc., an Amherst laboratory, and David A. Root, the company's director of field operations, said more tests will be necessary.

The company has been studying parts of the building, which houses grades three through 12, since teachers raised concerns in May.

The consultants said one wing of the building may not have been sealed properly after renovation work, allowing mold to develop. They also said some ventilators may not be bringing in enough fresh air.

"There were weeks on end that I just had blood dripping down the back of my throat," said Marcia Townsend, who taught French for 18 years, but recently has been on sick leave.

Mrs. Townsend attended Monday's meeting as well as previous meetings wearing a mask to cover her mouth and nose, as did another teacher there.

David M. Thomann, the father of a boy who suffering illnesses he attributed to the school building, said: "Are you going to send him a tutor at home? He can't come here . . . I don't think you are doing enough. You've got people dropping like flies."

Superintendent Robert D. Olczak said, "We are making a good faith effort. We aren't trying to cover anything up. We have ordered more tests for molds. . . . We put new filters in . . . and plans are made for additional testing to be done to see the results of our tests."

"If we find something, we're going to fix it," said Vice
President Robert W. Jasinski.

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