TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Arizona School Facilities Board approved $275,000 to replace Gridley Middle School’s broken fire alarm system on Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019.
Gridley Middle School had been experiencing issues with their fire alarm system and had been “working diligently and quickly as possible to correct the situation.”
On Dec. 10, 2018, TUSD declared an emergency at Gridley Middle School, announcing that the fire alarm system had failed and was no longer functional.
In a statement, TUSD said:
“The district is aware of the situation at Gridley and we are working diligently and as quickly as possible to correct the situation. The replacement system is estimated at just about $250,000 and we are requesting emergency funds from the State School Facilities Board to cover this expense.”
On Dec. 11, 2018, the TUSD Governing Board voted 5 to 0 to approve $250,000 in emergency funds to fix the alarm system.
On Dec. 18, 2018, fire crews were called out to the east-side middle school for reports of smoke coming from the building. Upon arrival, firefighters determined there was no fire, however, there seemed to be a problem with the HVAC system.
“That’s awful. It’s really terrible not to have that thing working, you’ve 800 to 600 kids in that school to not have a fire alarm working. It’s pretty sad,” said Darlene Kentz, grandparent to a student at the school.
While the school district initially approved funding to help replace and repair the fire alarm system, the state’s $275,000 budget will reimburse TUSD’s emergency funds and the school will get $25,000 extra.