BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Seven schools still do not meet state fire
code rules, state officials say.
The Department of Public Instruction said officials of all seven
plan to be in compliance by the end of the school year.
More than 100 schools were cited by the state Fire Marshal in
January for repeat deficiencies on fire safety inspections. The
list has since been narrowed to seven: Alexander, Dunseith,
Fessenden, Griggs County Central elementary, Kenmare, Lisbon and
State Sen. Dwight Cook, R-Mandan, said he was surprised that
only seven were left with violations.
"I'm tickled pink," the Interim Education Committee chairman
said. "I didn't expect we could get to that point. The other seven
will get there soon."
Alexander Superintendent Murray Kline said his school district
will replace glass in doors that lead to school corridors within a
month. Kline said students' safety is not at risk.
Greg Haugland, the superintendent at Kenmare, said electricians
will begin installing smoke detectors in the high school building
next week. He said the smoke detectors were not installed earlier
because school officials were looking for an electrician who could
offer a competitive price.
Lisbon School District has been working since December on a $1
million renovation project, which includes a new fire alarm system,
said Superintendent Steve Johnson.
"These are just deficiencies," he said. "We are not
jeopardizing the safety of our children."
Fessenden Superintendent Steve Stevenson said leaky school roofs
were fixed this summer and other work at the school should be
finished by next week.
Griggs County Central school voters earlier this week approved a
$2.8 million plan to close the two elementary schools in the
district and move all students into one building.
In letters sent to the schools Monday, State Superintendent of
Public Instruction Wayne Sanstead said most schools were in
compliance with the fire code rules but some had not completed
"Parents believe their children are safe in North Dakota's
schools. It is not the Department's intention to alarm parents but
to alert them," Sanstead said.
Parents who send their children to schools that fail to meet
fire code rules could be considered to be in violation of the
state's compulsory attendance law, he said.
(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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Good for them, I'm glad that some schools make an attempt to have a safer environment for the kids. By us it is hit or miss if the schools correct violations. Our grade school district (district 4) makes every effort to fix violations, they are a great bunch of people. The high school (district 88) has had violations go for years, and by us their is little we can do. The only schools that we can enforce the fire code in are private schools, the public schools can tell us to pound sand. At my part time department we have had years of violations go uncorrected because District 200 has no desire to spend money to protect their buildings, I've seen the inspector just about pull his hair our in frustration because of their attitude.
How wide spread is this problem? Does everyone have problems with their schools, or have you found and angle to give us more leverage in dealing with these people.
10-13-2002, 10:47 AM #3iceman4442Firehouse.com Guest
In North Dakota, part of the reason for the recent big push to get schools up to date is it looks like there's going to be some schools shut down through consolidating school districts for financial reasons. It was brought out that schools on the "list" of potential closures that don't meet current fire codes would be logical first choices. The school districts are, in general, fighting to keep their own schools open, so many did the fire code upgrades.
I guess it makes financial sense to consolidate, but if a short-term by-product was safer schools for the kids, it's already been beneficial!
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