New Rochelle, NY - Webster Elementary School students are expected to return to their school on Tuesday, January 5 after being temporarily housed at Holy Family School due to a ceiling collapse in room 204 this past August.
The school has passed a thorough structural inspection and received a certificate of occupancy on December 21, 2015. Air quality tests all came back indicating the school is safe and free of any contaminants. The Fire Marshall’s inspection was done on December 30 and his final walk-through will be on Monday, January 4, 2016.
“I cannot wait to see the bright smiles on the faces of our children as they enter Webster School on January 5, 2016. It will be their first day of school all over again,” expressed Principal Melissa Passarelli.
Webster PTA Treasurer Neeta Arbietter said, “The teachers did a great job making Holy Family a comfortable school for the children, but my son is very excited to be going back to Webster.”
“We cannot thank the Webster principal, teachers, staff, students and parents enough for providing overwhelming support to the district during this period of being displaced, as well as the City of New Rochelle’s service units,” said Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne.
Street signage installed by the City of New Rochelle when Webster School moved to Holy Family will be removed, according to City Manager Charles B. Strome. Traffic and No Parking signs were installed on Mt Joy Place and Clove Road, Bus Parking on Mayflower Avenue, "W Permit Parking" on Mayflower Avenue and a "No Turn on Red" sign at the traffic light at the intersection of Mt Joy Place and Mayflower Avenue.
"The signs will start to come down this week and will be replaced with the original signs this week," said Strome. "I am also advising the police department that the school signs should not be enforced anymore starting this week."