Depending on the extent of the methamphetamine contamination, the school system might have to take extensive steps to remove it.
State Police Sgt. A.S. Perdue says the substance could have made its way throughout the school.
"Marijuana can be smoked in a kitchen, but then it can be carried in the air through the house, so it's the same principle here," Perdue said.
The cost of removing the methamphetamine is also unknown at this point. The school system's insurance probably does not cover methamphetamine contamination, according to Huffman.
"Based on the results of the testing we will have to work with DHHR and look at entities that are involved with remediation services, but really we would have no idea about what the cost might be," he said.
As of Monday, Boone County schools had contacted at least one company about removing the methamphetamine, but much about the levels of the drug still was unknown.
DHHR recommended the career and technical center be closed but did not require it. School officials chose to err on the side of caution and close.
None of the methamphetamine residue could be seen or touched, according to Huffman, but there were significant amounts that warranted additional environmental testing in other areas of the school, including walls, floors, classrooms and air ducts.
"Any time you're dealing with students, we want to do everything we can to provide for their safety and the environment in which they're in," Huffman said.
Officials from Boone County schools, the DHHR and the state Department of Education attended an informational meeting at Madison Middle School Monday night to alert the public about the contamination.
"We remain in contact with our insurance providers and their board of risk management, and we intend on looking to see if there are any other areas where we can recoup any monies that this is costing us," Huffman said.
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