PLEASANTVILLE — The school board voted to award a contract to ServPro for mold remediation at a special meeting Tuesday.

The award was based on a competitive bid process, but cost was not the only factor, Business Administrator Dennis Mulvihill said.

He said the board has continued the practice of contracting prior to the school year for the past three years — after the first incident occurred at Leeds Avenue School.

Last year Coastal Environmental was contracted just days before an emergency mold issue was discovered, Mulvihill said.

The contract means ServPro will be called if a mold situation occurs. The cost would be based on the extent of any situation, officilas said.

In the past year, the cost of the mold issues, which affected several other schools in the region, was a topic of contention at many school board meetings. Officials have said the cost of remediation last fall for Pleasantville schools was about $1.2 million.

Mulvihill said he recommended ServPro and Plymouth Environmental, based on their understanding of and willingness to work with the district.

The board, in a majority vote, approved ServPro, which has worked with the district before, Mulvihill said. The bid included osts proposed for possible emergency situations, like the one which happened last year.

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