WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Students from St. Kevin School will be heading back to class Wednesday, but it won’t be at their normal school building.
The school has serious water damage due to a plumbing issue that happened over Thanksgiving break. The students have been out for more than a week.
Because repairs are taking longer than expected, St. Kevin teachers spent the day Monday setting up temporary digs at a previously-closed public school, Randall Holden Elementary, a five-minute drive north up Rt. 117A.
The pastor of St. Kevin and St. Benedict Church, Father Robert Marciano, expressed gratitude Monday in a news release that the city had opened Holden to them. “It is times like these — when there is a need that goes far beyond the scope of any one individual — that the truest sense of thanksgiving shines through,” said Fr. Marciano.
The cleaning crews wrapped up their work Sunday, but extensive repair work remains. The offending hot-water pipe burst on the second floor “probably during the night — and flooded the entire building. Water came through the ceilings, collapsed the ceilings, onto all the floors,” said Fr. Marciano.
“Although it’s been a devastating time, it’s also been a very strong time of community and faith. We will be fine; we will get through it, and in the end, we will have a better building than we started,” Fr. Marciano said Monday morning.
Repairs will go on while the students are getting back to lessons at Holden. It’s not clear how long it’ll take to fix everything that was damaged.
An open house is set for Tuesday night for students and parents to get a quick orientation to the stopgap facility, with classes now set to begin Wednesday morning.