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STARKE, Fla. – Starke Elementary School reopened Tuesday after closing due to mold and fungi problems, according to the Bradford County School District's Facebook page.

The school closed on August 23 when it did not meet environmental standards. The students were sent to other nearby schools while the school was closed.

The Bradford County School District said in October that the cleanup cost was estimated at $2 million.

BCSD Superintendent Chad Farnsworth said closing the school was necessary.

"It just seemed like the natural thing to do," Farnsworth said. "If we had issues that raised concerns, we need to take care of those issues."

Though the cleanup cost $2 million, leaving the school in a deplorable condition was not an option, Farnsworth said.

"To let a school continue to deteriorate or sit in a condition that's unacceptable, to me, that's something you can't put a price tag on."

District spokesperson Brian Graham agreed, saying that safety of students and staff was paramount.

"Either you don't renovate the school and allow the health of your students and staff to be put at risk, or you fix the school," Graham said. " When those are the options, there really isn't an option."

Staff like 41-year veteran Starke Elementary teacher Patricia Wainwright are glad to have their school back.

"It feels like I'm home," Wainwright said. "I feel like I'm home today -- I'm very happy -- and I feel good about it."

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Teachers and students report back to class at Starke Elementary School. Andrew Capasso

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