Below is the announcement from Superintendent Scannell on the closure of the Methuen Public Schools on Monday and Tuesday of next week.
Contact: Judith A. Scannell
Superintendent of Schools
Phone: (978) 722-6000
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Methuen Public Schools Closed Monday and Tuesday, February 7th and 8th
Methuen, MA—On Friday, February 4th, Mayor William Manzi, Superintendent Judith Scannell, Department of Public Works Director, Ray DiFiore, Methuen Public Schools Director of Facilities, Bruce Stella, and Methuen Public School Maintenance Craftsman, Ken DiGiulio, met to discuss the condition of all of the public school building roofs, in reaction to the growing concern about the number of roofs that have been collapsing as a result of heavy snow. The group’s unanimous and proactive decision was to close all public schools in Methuen on Monday and Tuesday, February 7th and 8th to remove snow from the roofs.
“The schools are absolutely structurally safe, stated Superintendent Scannell, but there are drifts as high as ten feet and we need to remove the snow as soon as possible.”
The recommendation from architectural firm Omrarchitectz on Thursday was clear: Because of the recent and unusual large amounts of snow, low temperatures, high moisture content from past storms, and the forecast for Saturday’s upcoming storm (heavy rain and snow), it is prudent to consider removing snow from the roofs of all public school buildings.
“In order to get the work done in the safest possible manner, we cannot have children in the vicinity,” stated Scannell.
School and all school activities will resume on Wednesday, February 9th.