Mold displaces more than 200 college freshman

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NEWBURGH -

Over 200 college freshman at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh have to move because of the discovery of mold in their dormitory.

College administrators say the mold problem in Sakac Hall first surfaced this summer. School officials thought they had it treated by the time students moved in in August.

But then, they discovered this past weekend that the problem had grown worse, prompting them to relocate all 214 students to other dorms on campus and to hotels in Newburgh and Fishkill.

Administrators say they have companies testing and treating the problem and are hopeful students will be allowed to move back within two weeks. “Obviously nobody wants to go through this. But you really don't have a choice. We're doing this to be extra cautious for everyone's well-being,” says Jim Raimo, of Mount Saint Mary College.

Mount Saint Mary isn't the only school facing mold problems. Many secondary schools and some colleges, including the New School in Manhattan, have had to close classrooms and dorms due to mold after this summer's especially hot and humid weather.

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