Check out the pictures from the link above. They are of the Firehouse that MVRCS owns and leases to the City of Malden. Not only are the conditions deplorable for the firemen that spend their working days there BUT even more alarming is that the children of MVRCS spend time in those facilities! Pictures of mold, rodent droppings, unclean filters and outdated HVAC equipment. One grade has their reading and math lessons held in that building 5 days a week for at least 2 1/2 hours. While OSHA would have a field day and probably shut this building down, the oversight would fall upon the City of Malden Health Department. Either they are not doing their job by approving this building or are turning a blind eye at the request of certain individuals. We wrote previously about the battle between then Fire Commissioner Neil Kinnon/Mayor Howard and the Malden Firefighters (http://unofficialmvrcs.blogspot.com/2010/10/kinnons-efforts-to-control-us.html) so we know the relationship is nothing short of adversarial. It is this type of lack of action and deplorable attitude that brings negative attitudes towards the MVRCS community and specifically, Neil Kinnon. It is even more disturbing that Neil Kinnon and the Board of Trustees knowingly chose to keep the children within these deplorable, unhealthy conditions and instead focus funds and efforts towards the building of a new athletic facility. MVRCS and Neil Kinnon owe both the firefighters and students of MVRCS better conditions that this! So much for staying true to their Charter and Mission. They should be ashamed of themselves.
From the Firefighters page:
"One of the bathrooms is so bad with Mold that it has been sealed shut. Officials tested the air quality in 2006 and said that it has to be dramatically improved but their was no funding for that at the time. It has been over 5 yrs and the Mold has spread. Still no-one comes to clean or test and we are forced to work here while we have a brand new fire station that the city closed. The other scary thing here is that the Mystic Valley Charter School knows about this yet holds class in this same building!!!!
"MVRCS storage area is a violation in itself due to the massive Fire load from paper and boxes stored from floor to ceiling surrounded by gasoline filled snowblowers . This room is attched to the school behind boarded up windows. Garage door does not seal."