Tuesday, May 13, 2014 || By Michael Romain
Classes and school activities at Proviso East High School will resume tomorrow, Wednesday, May 14, 2014, according to a statement released by District 209. Proviso East has been closed yesterday and today due to a fire that occurred on Saturday, May 10, at around 9 PM. More than 100 local firefighters from at least 20 surrounding communities responded to the fire, which was reported to have started in a social room on the second floor. No injuries were reported.
According to Proviso East Principal Tony Valente, about ten rooms were damaged in the part of the building in which the blaze occurred. Classes and teachers that were affected by the fire will be moved to another part of the school building while the rehab work progresses.
“Students who ride the bus will be dropped off and picked up near the Stadium gate on Madison Street. Proviso East also will be operating on a late start schedule on Wednesday,” the press release stated.
Since Proviso East was the only site within District 209 to temporarily close, students won’t be able to make up the missed days. The Cook County Fire Inspector is still investigating the cause of the blaze and is expected to provide the results of that investigation in the near future.
“I want to thank our faculty, staff, and students as well as you for your patience as we assessed our next steps and worked to open the school for education as soon as possible,” said District 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “With your support, we will continue our task of providing a quality education for our students.” VFP