Schools close as budgets stretch and buildings age
East Providence is closing Oldham Elementary School citing the high cost of upgrading the building. The district has faced serious deficits in the past, contributing to municipal financial woes. The Providence Journal reports that district officials Oldham would have needed an estimated $2 million in renovations to stay open. As a result of the closure, some students will be shifted to other schools.
It sounds like there are some similarities between a deadly nightclub fire in Brazil over the weekend and our own Station Nightclub fire.
The cause of a Brazil nightclub fire that killed more than 200 people Sunday remains under investigation but authorities told local reporters that fireworks – perhaps shot off by the band – set it off by igniting the roof.