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Potter Burns school to reopen

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. -

School officials said students and teachers at the Potter Burns Elementary School in Pawtucket resumed classes Monday, more than a week after a section of ceiling collapsed into an empty basement room.

"Inspectors have given us the green light," school superintendent Deborah Cylke said Sunday. "All the work on the ceilings has been completed."

Edward Rowse Architects designed a strapping system to reinforce the structure. Engineers called it a temporary but safe solution that will allow the school to finish the remainder of the year. The cost of this project totaled close to $179,000.

"We have a grid system installed below the existing ceiling system," said Steven Tucker of Edward Rowse Architects. "[It's] anchored with screws 3-and-a-half to 4-and-a-half inches long, directly into the structure."

Tucker also said that inspectors have checked other schools in the city and found that none of them, with the exception of Nathanael Greene Elementary School, will have to be shut down.

The Greene School will remain closed until Tuesday after a similar strapping project is completed. The school has been closed since Wednesday.

Cylke said that two make-up dates, June 27 and 28 are scheduled, but that she sees no indication from the Rhode Island Education Commissioner that any other missed days will need to be made up.

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