PAWTUCKET â€” While saying they donâ€™t agree with all of the school renovation plans as outlined, the City Council on Wednesday approved the first phase of the School Departmentâ€™s Facilities Master Plan that will upgrade Potter-Burns and Nathanael Greene Elementary Schools.
The council gave its approval to Phase 1 of the proposed master plan, with a price tag not to exceed $32 million. Phase 1 calls for a system-wide upgrade of the districtâ€™s technology infrastructure and renovations to the Potter-Burns and Nathanael Greene elementary schools.
Both schools, which are nearly 100 years old, were found to have unsafe ceilings which required removal and/or stabilization after a drop ceiling collapsed in a basement classroom at Potter-Burns last June. The two facilities, along with most of the schools in the district, have also been found in need of significant renovations and modernization, according to a study by the SSMA architectural design firm.
Full story appears on page A1 of Friday's Times.