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Concerned parents, community members meet at Portland school to discuss mold

Concerned parents and community members met at Longfellow Elementary School in Portland Wednesday morning to talk about the mold that was found in the school. (Courtesy:{ }Protect Our Neighborhood Schools)

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Concerned parents and community members met at Longfellow Elementary School in Portland Wednesday morning to talk about the mold that was found in the school.

Longfellow Elementary School is one of four schools that could receive part of $64-million through a bond. Some parents say they specifically want Longfellow to receive some of that bond money because they found mold at the school.

While the city continues tests on the mold, some parents say it's time for a change.

"It's scary, and you think about, an area coffee shop, would they be open if they still got that news? And I sent my two kids here, and there's hundreds of kids walking in every day,” Andrew Majewski, parent of Longfellow students, said.

The group Protect Our Neighborhood Schools says some of the money from the 6$4-million school bond should go to Longfellow.

"The buildings are not fit for 21st century learning,” Emily Figdor, Protect Our Neighborhood Schools, said. "It's not luxury items, they're very basic necessities from electric to abating asbestos."

But some community members say a better choice is a smaller bond that would go to repairing Lyseth Elementary and Presumscott Elementary, as well as building two new schools.

That choice is now Question 4 on the ballot.

Protect Our Neighborhood Schools say people should instead vote yes for Question 3, which would repair all four schools.

The vote will be on November 7.

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