Hood Junior High School is Still Closed Almost Two Weeks After an Incident Involving Mercury

Hood Junior High School is Still Closed Almost Two Weeks After an Incident Involving Mercury

Staff Report

NewsWest 9

UPDATE: ECISD say there is still no exact time table for re-opening Hood Junior High School following a mercury incident on March 18th.

The clean-up of the school is moving forward and school district officials are hopeful students and staff can return by the end of the week.


As of Monday afternoon one locker room and the showers, an office, and the school's main hallways must still be cleaned and cleared for traffic.

The process has reached a point where it not necessary to have multiple consultants at work – only the original company, Allied International, remains on site – nor is it useful to continue the work 24 hours a day.

The approximate cost of the cleanup effort is now around $745,000.

ODESSA - Hood Junior High School is still closed almost two weeks after an incident involving mercury.

A couple weeks ago the school was shut down and clean up efforts began.

This is following a mercury contamination when students were found playing with the element.

There is still no word on when the school will reopen.

STAAR Testing does begin this week but students from Hood have been given an extension by the Texas Education Agency.

They will take the state tests next week on April seventh, eighth and ninth.