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St. Paul school district spends $7 million on building renovations

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Saint Paul Public Schools' is paying a hefty price for water damage and extensive mold in four schools closed in 2010. Now the district will spend $7 million for renovations before opening next fall, the Pioneer Press reports.

Mold removal for the former Ames and Prosperity Heights buildings has already cost $184,000.

The school district claims they took all necessary precautions to maintain the buildings but a hot and humid summer in 2011 may be to blame for the extensive mold growth. Experts tell the newspaper that the cause is more likely a leaky roof or broken pipe.

The newspaper says the building that used to be Roosevelt Elementary will get the largest chunk of the funding. About $3.4 million will go to new classrooms, technology, energy efficiency, security and wheelchair accessibility improvements. The building will be the new home of Riverview Elementary.

The projects are part of the district's Strong Schools, Strong Communities plan. A related property tax levy was approved Nov. 6 that will provide $39 million to the district each year for eight years.

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