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Lowell High Roof Worries Prompt Change of Venue

December 21, 2018

LOWELL -- The high school boys basketball team that plays inside won’t be defending its home court Friday because of rain and heavy wind in the forecast.

In an “abundance of caution,” Lowell High School officials have decided to relocate Friday’s game to Tewksbury Memorial High School at 5:30 p.m.

The roof at Lowell High School has been fixed, but it hasn’t been tested yet in a heavy rainstorm with wind, Mayor Bill Samaras said Thursday.

“So in anticipation of that, they just moved the game to the next town over in an abundance of caution,” he said.

“They just didn’t want to take any chances,” Samaras added.

The roof has leaked in the past, but it’s not leaking now after recent repairs, he said. Some social media users said the roof is still leaking, including one week after tryouts.

School officials, including Lowell High Head of Schools Marianne Busteed and Athletic Director Dave Lezenski, did not respond to comment on Thursday.

The $350 million Lowell High School renovation/addition project is still years away.

The school has been battling boiler issues this week, with some classroom temperatures falling below 60 degrees. This heating issue has been a major problem in past years as well.

Follow Rick Sobey on Twitter @rsobeyLSun.

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