Sarasota County School turns to CDC to solve Lamarque mystery

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Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 12:15 am | Updated: 11:40 am, Fri Feb 14, 2014.

NORTH PORT- The Sarasota County School Board is looking to the federal government for help with Lamarque Elementary.

Superintendent Lori White asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to visit the North Port school for an onsite inspection.  White is asking the CDC to review air quality test results and recommend any tests the district might have overlooked.

It's the last effort to find out the source of an odor blamed for making some students and faculty feel sick.  The district is already paying a USF toxicology professor $215,000 to figure out the cause- that report is due in late February.

In another development, a discolored copper pipe was found in a science classroom.  It was removed and is now being tested to see if it was caused by Chinese drywall.

ABC 7's Josh Taylor will have more on this story tonight on ABC 7 News at 5 & 6.

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