Webster Elementary School reopens after August ceiling collapse
Students and teachers in New Rochelle returned to school Tuesday after a ceiling collapse forced it to close last August.
Webster Elementary School officials temporarily relocated more than 500 students five months ago to the abandoned Holy Family school while crews repaired the ceilings on the entire first and second floors of the school.
Officials say the old ceiling, which was from the 1930s, collapsed because construction was not up to code. The new ceiling has passed every inspection, and even boasts energy-efficient LED lights.
While the entire ceilings on the first and second floors of the school were repaired, the roof still needs to be fixed.
The new ceilings at the school cost the district about $1.4 million. Officials say part of it was paid for by using emergency funds.