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Schools Closed Monday, Expected to Reopen Tuesday

Snow removal from the roofs of the Hamilton-Wenham public schools is expected to last through Monday, closing the schools, but making them able to be reopened on Tuesday.

Hamilton-Wenham school will be closed again on Monday so snow removal can continue from the roof of the and . All of the district schools are expected to reopen on Tuesday.

In a ConnectEd phone and e-mail message sent to students and parents at 2:55 p.m. on Sunday, Assistant Superintendent Peter Gray said that the is expected to be complete on Monday.

On Saturday, 15 workers with four snowblowers were on the roof of the middle and high school and on Sunday that jumped to 25 workers with eight snowblowers, he said in the message.

“They will not have all of the snow removed in time for school (on Monday),” Gray said.

Gray said snowdrifts of 6-8 feet were found on the roof, which has a total square footage of more than 230,000 square feet.

At the elementary schools, which combined have 125,000 square feet of roof space,

12 , 10 and six school custodians spent Sunday removing snow from the , and schools roofs.

Building inspector Charles Brett has told school officials that he will not allow any of the school buildings to be occupied until all the snow is removed.

The , located in the former Center School next to Buker Elementary School, will be open on Monday.

With school canceled on Monday, the last day of school is now scheduled for Monday, June 27, Gray said.

But this week, parents will be surveyed about alternatives to the June 27 ending date. School Committee Chairwoman Alexa McCloughan said on Friday some of those alternatives could include holding school on Patriots Day, on Saturday or on a professional development day in May, among other possible options.

The School Committee plans to discuss the alternatives at its meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Buker School.

Anya Howland February 07, 2011 at 01:27 AM
School re-opening so soon after just a week? In all seriousness, I know that most able-bodied parents who were here this weekend would have volunteered their time gladly and signed liability waivers to help with the snow removal in order for children to return to school. Is there some law that prevents such a thing? I know that many of us would like to know as we will gladly do what we can in order to ensure that this does not happen again and that students return absolutely by Tuesday, February 7, 2011 after an entire week. Anya Goodridge, Wenham, MA
Patrick Ryan February 07, 2011 at 02:00 AM
Anya - I was thinking the same thing. The community, the faculty, the town, or local contractors helping the main contractor? Was this contractor really working around the clock? Several large corporations and stores had the same issue on a similar scale and they are open for business. I would hope someone from the administration would admit that this is a failure and will make plans and steps so it won't happen again.
Heather February 07, 2011 at 02:44 AM
Or perhaps using the town-wide phone messaging system, a call could have gone out asking able-bodies residents to clear their neighborhood fire hydrants, storm drains, etc. to allow fire department personnel to tackle the school roof tops? I think that would have been a great act of community service for local students.
Lorraine Miller February 08, 2011 at 04:02 PM
There was a news story on television the other night...I missed most of it...about how the entire Georgetown community was helping in some capacity with the roofs. I wonder how parents there were able to help and if we could do the same in the future...
Lori February 08, 2011 at 05:28 PM
Clearly there is a way for parents to have helped, they simply did not ask. To stop with a lawyer who says "not in a million years" is simply unacceptable, this is just what waivers are for. This type of disaster is what brings communities together instead it has become a finger pointing game. The only acceptable solution is to get the schools open and soon.

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