DUBLIN -- The old gymnasium at Dublin High School has reopened after environmental consultants declared the building safe for occupancy.

The gym was closed April 8, when a renovation team doing pre-construction work found a roof leak that had allowed water to run down a wall and accumulate. Superintendent Stephen Hanke said the gym was immediately closed off until tests for mold could be performed.

"Our biggest priority is the safety and security of our students, teachers and anyone else who uses our facilities," said Hanke. "Whenever a potential safety issue comes up, we act to deal with it immediately."

In a mass email sent early Monday to parents and staff, Dublin High Principal Carol Shimizu said the district learned Friday afternoon that the tests showed the gym was safe for occupancy, and that classes were moving back in.

Shimizu said air samples were taken from throughout the building by Vista Environmental Consulting, a Bay Area-based firm.

Hanke said the water damage that originally sparked concerns about mold didn't warrant interference with renovations to the school's old gym, scheduled to begin this summer.

Hanke said he didn't yet have a figure on the cost for testing, but he expects a detailed report from Vista later this week.



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