Because our second child was starting kindergarten this year, we were unable to afford tuition to the private school our oldest was attending. My wife and i decided to register our young boys to the public school up the street from our house. The day school started we had a chance to meet with my my oldest sons second grade teacher. She seemed very nice, and took time to directly talk to our son about the curriculum. While my wife was talking to her, i took the opportunity to visually inspect the classroom. I am absolutely appalled by the condition of Potter-Burns school in Pawtucket. Honestly, I have never seen such a run down, unkept, neglected school in my life. The amount of lead paint chips I saw in the first five minutes would SURELY have that building under some sort of investigation, possibly even condemned/shut down. Mind you, this was seen 12 hrs before the first day if school. Did anyone, clean the building during the summer vacation? Every ceiling in the building I walked under, literally looked as though it was falling. Blue tarps covering some ceilings, insulation dangling from pipes. Disgusting, dingy, unpainted surfaces EVERYWHERE. This is our first year sending our kids there. I WILL be changing that very soon. It seems as though this building has been neglected unbelievably, for the past 20-25 yrs. I am outraged at how horrible these conditions are. I hear the teachers there are great( I don't doubt that) BUT, how can anyone be productive/learn in a building that looks as though it has been through a war.
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