Middlesex school holds town hall over carbon dioxide concerns

Posted: Updated:
MIDDLESEX -

Concerned parents filled the Middlesex High School auditorium Monday to learn more about the high levels of carbon dioxide found at the district’s middle school.

High levels of the gas were found at Von E. Mauger Middle School earlier this month, causing many parents to keep their children home.

Some parents tell News 12 New Jersey that the high levels of carbon dioxide made their children sick and lethargic.

“They measured eight classrooms or so that had carbon dioxide levels exceeding their guideline and the standard of 1,000 parts per million,” said public health expert Dr. Richard Lynch.

Superintendent Dr. Linda Madison told the crowd that her priority is keeping the students safe and healthy. 

RELATED: Parents remain leery about school with high carbon dioxide levels
RELATED: Parents voice frustration over carbon dioxide levels at Middlesex school

“Please know that we are committed to working collaboratively with our faculty, staff and members of the community to bring this issue to an agreed upon conclusion and continue to improve our indoor air quality environment for all our schools,” she said.

Dr. Lynch then told the crowd that carbon dioxide gas comes from humans and is nontoxic.

“Inside of buildings there are contaminants that are being generated both because of what humans are, what humans do and other processes that may be going on in the space,” he said.

He recommended that the district continue testing on a regular basis. He also said that the schools should keep windows open whenever possible when levels get too high.

Parents who attended the meeting said that while they found the information to be useful, they were still upset that it took school officials so long to let them know about the problem.

“The trust level is gone. As a parent, you are put in the position where you have to choose who to believe,” said mother Dorothy Frisco.

Two parents have decided to run as write-in candidates for the upcoming school board elections due to the handling of the issue.

  • New Jersey SlideshowsGalleriesMore>>

  • Your Oct. 16 storm photos

    Your Oct. 16 storm photos

    Storm photos Oct. 17Storm photos Oct. 17
    Storm photos Oct. 17Storm photos Oct. 17
    Heavy right and high winds swept through the tri-state area due to a large coast storm on the night of Oct. 16. Here are your photos from the storm.
    Heavy right and high winds swept through the tri-state area due to a large coast storm on the night of Oct. 16. Here are your photos from the storm.
  • Yankees in the 2019 Playoffs

    Yankees in the 2019 Playoffs

    New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.
    New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.
    Photos on the field of the New York Yankees in the 2019 American League Division Series vs. the Minnesota Twins.
    Photos on the field of the New York Yankees in the 2019 American League Division Series vs. the Minnesota Twins.
  • Guide: New Jersey Breweries

    Guide: New Jersey Breweries

    Looking to check out brewery this summer? There are many breweries across the state for beer-lovers to visit. Check out our list for breweries in your area. 

    Looking to check out brewery this summer? There are many breweries across the state for beer-lovers to visit. Check out our list for breweries in your area. 

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."