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Potter Burns set to reopen

June 2, 2013

Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke last week discusses plans to address the ceilings of the Potter-Burns Elementary School. The school is re-opening on Monday.

PAWTUCKET — Potter Burns Elementary School, closed for repairs since a section of an unoccupied basement room gave way on May 22, will reopen for the start of the school day on Monday, June 3.

Nathanael Greene Elementary, closed last week for similar problems, will reopen Tuesday, June 4, according to an announcement by Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke.

The ceiling issues at Potter Burns and Greene prompted inspections of similar older buildings in the school district but no similar structural problems were found after inspections by an engineer for Edward Rowse Architects and the city fire marshal and building inspector, according to school officials.

The inspections did reveal the need for other work at the following schools, all of which remain cleared for occupancy for regular classes:

• Slater Junior High School: minor repairs to a stairwell and further inspection of the principal’s office;

• Shea High School: four classrooms still closed for repairs where ceilings were previously opened to allow plumbing access. The pool and gym, with very high ceilings, will be closed pending examination requiring use of a lift.

• Goff Junior High School: no ceiling or structural issues found but the gym will be closed pending repair of a beam encasement.

• Tolman High School: no issues found.

An open house was held for parents Sunday afternoon at Potter Burns. For further information, go to


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