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Cockroaches found in Tri-County school

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by Patrick Manning

Central Wisconsin may not be the first place you would expect to hear of a cockroach problem. But the Tri-County School District would tell you different.

This week we received a letter from a concerned parent who says the first day of school complained of bugs in their classrooms. The bugs were seen near the kindergarten class' toy box and were falling out of another classroom's ceiling.

After the kids described the bug, the mother did a quick Internet search and the kids were determined it was a cockroach.And this wasn't the first complaint. The woman said in her letter that teachers have found the cockroaches in their cars, band instruments, and even swimming in their coffee cups.And this makes people who live in the Tri-County School District nervous.

"It's troublesome. It's kind of an epidemic," says area resident Marsha Hadden-Phillips

 

The woman we heard from says it's been a problem all summer and the school district doesn't have the problem under control.

But the superintendent says that's false.

"We had nothing throughout the summer. Nothing came to my attention. It was shortly before school started what we discovered," says Tri-County schools superintendent Anthony Marinack.

 

The school district sent a letter home last week saying they were aware of the problem and it's getting fixed.

The letter says they are dealing with German cockroaches who are no larger than an inch in size.

"Everything is functioning as normal," Marinack adds.

 

But now parents are worried the cockroaches may have gotten in students backpacks and were brought home, and are wondering if the school district will pick up the cost of fumigation if they were to cause an outbreak.

"At this time I would not comment on that. The situation would have to be looked into to see where it came from."

 

The health department says the school is taking the right steps, but is telling parents to be check their child's belongings everyday.

"Check that backpacks, check purses, check coats. They should be proactive. Do their research, people are really savvy get out there and look at the German cockroach, so they know what it looks like so they know what their looking for and how to best protect themselves," says Waushara health department officer Patti Wohlfeil.

 

And the school district says they have the problem under control.

"Our goal as a school district is to eliminate them from our school district, keep the children safe in the school district," Marinack adds.

Online Reporter: Patrick Manning

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