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Fonda-Fultonville schools fight pest problem as classes begin

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FONDA, N.Y. -- School is in full swing at Fonda-Fultonville Elementary, but school officials say they are starting the year off with a pest problem.

Superintendent Dr. Raymond Colucciello says his staff started seeing cockroaches in the elementary and middle schools days before the first day of school last Thursday.

A letter was sent home Friday informing parents the school would be treated by a pest management company over the weekend. School officials say the problem wasn't big enough to delay the start of school year.

The superintendent says the school is addressing the problem and has set up monitoring stations to make sure the treatments are effective. 

"It is certainly something that we are going to cure and fix the problem. With that in mind we aren't going to let this continue. Whether we have mice, ants or whatever it is we are a large building with 1400 kids we are going to keep it healthy and safe," said Dr. Coluciello.

Officials say they are keeping parents updated with the situation.

Health and Safety Officer Fred Hauck wants to assure parents the products being used are green- friendly and are not harmful.

"We've done the best we can to find a naturally occurring product that allows us not to cause an allergic response to students," he said.

But some parents say they are concerned that their children can potentially bring the pests home with them.

"I just hope and I think many people in the community hope that they are taking care of it properly. That is the main thing," said John Fonda.

Fonda has four grandchildren in the school district, and says his family has been checking book bags ever since the school announced the problem.  And that's exactly what the superintendent is asking of parents and guardians.

Through all this the administration is looking to change some school policies, like minimizing sweets left in classrooms after parties.

The building will be treated again over the weekend and no one will be allowed inside until Monday.

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