02 / 10 / 2015
  - 11:37:16 AM
Parent Worried About Snow on Mendon Upton Schools Roofs

The Mendon Upton School District will assess the snow and ice loads on all roofs after a plea was made for the inspection to the town's public safety director, Ernie Horn, by parent and activist Mike Watson.  He expressed concern after several roofs and building collapses were reported around the state yesterday.  He told WMRC there is without question three to four inches of snow and ice on the roof at Miscoe and Clough Schools.  In an email to Horn, Watson said he fears school officials are shirking their responsibility to ensure the safety of staff and students and that the buildings are properly maintained and safe.  A few years ago the district failed to remove large amounts of snow and ice from roofs and above walkways.  Watson said residents were mislead about the nature of the problem.  After inspections, schools were shut down forcing a cleanup effort that cost $100 thousand.   During that time school officials said there was six inches of snow and ice on roofs when after an inspection there was found to be four feet.  Watson has been told the roofs will be inspected to ensure everyone is safe.

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