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Schools Closed on Tuesday, Middle School Won't Reopen Until Friday

The Hamilton-Wenham schools will be closed again on Tuesday as snow removal continues from the roofs.

The will be closed again on Tuesday and students aren’t expected to return to school until Friday.

With Tuesday’s closure, it bumps the last day of school back to Tuesday, June 28.

In a message from Assistant School Superintendent Peter Gray at 3:16 p.m. on Monday, he said Sunday night’s below freezing temperature and the increased weight of the snow slowed removal of snow from the school roofs on Monday.

“At this time custodians, firefighters and contracted workers have worked all day to remove snow from all of our schools,” he said, later adding: “Despite the hard work of all involved all schools will be closed tomorrow.”

He said snow removal work would be complete at all schools except the middle school on Tuesday “with the hope they will reopen on Wednesday.”

But at the middle school, the roof is still covered with four to six feet of snow with drifts as deep as eight to 10 feet deep, Gray said in his message to parents.

“Work will continue on the middle school roof with an anticipated completion of Thursday, meaning the middle school should open on Friday,” he said.

That would mean the last day of school would be July 1 at the middle school.

Previously, Gray and School Committee Chairwoman Alexa McCloughan said parents and students would be surveyed about some of the options to make up the missed days. In addition, the School Committee is expected to discuss some of the options when it meets on Thursday night.

Bill Tyack February 08, 2011 at 10:44 AM
That is interesting since nobody from the schools have asked for help with anything. We are still getting caught up with sidewalks, but can always be counted on to help with the schools.
Michelle Bailey February 08, 2011 at 02:24 PM
Out 351 Massachusetts towns why is Hamilton and Wenham building inspector the only one closing schools where no damage has been observed? Why were Topsfield schools allowed to be open while prison labor removed snow from their roofs, but HW is closed while firemen clear the roofs? Why are all the roofs on town buildings, individual homes, commercial buildings, and private colleges ok? I know a roof collapse is serious and expensive, but is there one peice of evidence that is a problem? I don't want to point fingers, but I'd like to get some answers from the building inspector.
Betty Gray February 08, 2011 at 05:44 PM
How about some answers from the school committee. as usual, they are less than transparant. Why is it costing so much and why does the school committe chairperson not know the name of the contactor that is charging us (i should say -p rice gauging us) such an exhorbiant amount. And why does this contractoe not have tyhe necessary equipment.Is anyone else upset by this?????
Jennifer Flynn February 08, 2011 at 05:51 PM
THere is a meeting thursday night with the school committee. I am sure you will get answers then. And I believe all their positions are volunteer, correct?
Mary February 08, 2011 at 06:29 PM
Jennifer - they are volunteers....but they are also ELECTED!

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