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School upgrades get council’s nod

February 21, 2014

PAWTUCKET — While saying they don’t agree with all of the school renovation plans as outlined, the City Council on Wednesday approved the first phase of the School Department’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 district’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.


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