2 Cranston schools to be closed again Wednesday due to water damage

One of two classrooms at the Edgewood Highland School in Cranston that has been significantly damaged by a burst water pipe Monday.

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Students of two Cranston schools will miss another day of classes on Wednesday as crews work to clean up water damage inside the buildings.

Cranston High School East will be closed for the third day in a row after a water pipe burst early Monday morning, damaging several classrooms and offices.

Edgewood Highland Elementary School has been closed since a water main break on Jan. 3 caused “very significant” damage, according to Cranston Superintendent Jeannine Nota-Masse.

“Two different classrooms need to be completely reconstructed due to the water damage,” she said. “It was significant and very destructive.”

Cranston Schools Chief Operating Officer Ray Votto said starting on Thursday, Edgewood Highland students will attend school at the Norwood Avenue Building located at 205 Norwood Ave., with the exception of pre-school students, who will be relocated to Rhodes Elementary School.

To create space in the Norwood Avenue Building, an educational program has been temporarily moved to Cranston High School West, according to Votto. He said the district will continue to provide transportation for eligible students.

Nota-Masse expects Edgewood Highland to be closed for at least a month as repairs are made. A picture taken by Assistant Superintendent Norma Cole shows just how destructive the water main break was, with walls broken in and school supplies tossed all over the place.

“It’s kind of amazing that a simple break like that could cause this much disruption,” said Laura Kline, who lives across the street and whose daughter is a third-grader at the school.

Toll Gate High School in Warwick and Mount Hope High School in Bristol were also closed Monday due to burst water pipes, but were able to reopen Tuesday.