Dirty fountains and bacteria only begin to cover the hazards found in area elementary schoolsWe begin with Lebanon Elementary in Mint Hill, home to the lowest health inspection score of all elementary schools in the county.
During their last inspection, the health department found water fountains with corroded mouth spots, a girl’s bathroom stall door missing, and dirty toilets and urinals. Bacteria was found growing in the media center staff and storage area.
But the most serious violation? Cleaning chemicals were being stored in low cabinets accessible to children. Their last inspection was in March of 2016, and their grade was a 79.5 — the lowest of all Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools elementary schools.
Steven Graham is an inspector with the Mecklenburg County Health Department. He said it’s up to the schools to fix any violations discovered during their inspections.
To give you an idea of how bad it is, CMS maintenance crews have had over 15,000 work orders since August 28, 2017. They’ve completed most of those, but there are still over 4,000 open orders, not including any new work orders this fall.