After the Fire: School 28 Work Cost $150,000

PATERSON, NJ - Paterson Public Schools is spending $150,000 to restore areas of School 28 damaged during last week's fire.

Room 110, a former home economics class that officials say has been used as a utility and resource room in recent years, was where the fire started and remains "out of commission,'' said Chris Sapara-Grant, the district's director of Facilities and Maintenance.

The Board of Education on Wednesday voted to approve a $150,000 contract with Maxons Restoration to do the work.

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No one was hurt in the February 28 fire. Sapara-Grant said the district is still awaiting the results of the investigation to determine the cause of the blaze. The school was closed the day of the fire and the next and then reopened on March 1 after the air-quality in the building was tested and found to be okay, officials said.

The school district picked up the tab for dry-cleaning students coats that had smoke odors from the blaze, said deputy superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard.


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