With the return of the Northern Gila County Fair and the addition of committed 4-H specialist, Lani Hall, Wendell Stevens was looking forward to another year teaching students in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) program at Payson High School.
He remains optimistic about FFA even though mold has crept into the 25-year-old, mostly metal building where he teaches.
"We have closed off the office where the mold is (visible) to the eye," said Stevens.
The best-case scenario is that Monday's inspection finds that the mold is isolated to his office and that area of the building. The worst-case scenario for this school year is that he and his students will have to leave the building and "float" to temporary classroom space.
Bill Lawson, director of curriculum instruction and special programs for Payson Unified School District said that at this point he doesn't think there is reason for parents to be concerned about their children.
The mold will be tested soon and then a determination can be made as to how to proceed.