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Parents upset over possible elementary school closure

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Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

Parents of students at an East Providence Elementary School are angry after the school superintendents proposed closing the school to save money.

During a Thursday meeting of the East Providence School Committee it was proposed that the town close Oldham Elementary rather than repair the ailing school.

It is estimated that the school needs over $2 million dollars of repairs, something that the cash strapped town of East Providence can't afford.

The interim Superintendent of East Providence Schools John DeGoes said unless the town can find the money the school cannot reopen in Sept. of 2013 because of safety concerns. The school needs to be brought up to fire code and the roof needs repairs.

Oldham Elementary is the oldest school in East Providence School system and it has one of the highest academic rankings in the town.

The School Committee was not in favor of closing the school but no other solution has been proposed.

If the School Committee decided to take up the proposal public hearings will be held for residents next month.

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