TUSD approves emergency funds to fix fire alarm system

Fire alarm failure at TUSD school

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The TUSD Governing Board voted 5 to 0 on Tuesday, Dec. 11, to approve $250,000 in emergency funds to fix a failed fire alarm system.

The fire alarm system at Gridley Middle School has not been working. Tucson News Now learned about this issue last week.

On Monday, Dec. 10, Tucson Unified School District released the following statement about the issue.

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. Daily “fire watch” duty is required by the fire marshal any time we have staff or students in the building without a working system.  We are appreciative of everyone stepping in to assist with this duty and additional outside resources started to support staff and the school since last week.
Statement from TUSD on broken fire alarm at school

“Hopefully they have a backup plan in place,” said Doug Anderson, parent of a Gridley student. “I haven’t heard of any, so hopefully they will let us know. Be a backup plan, yeah it’s a little concerning.”

"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.

TUSD Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo talked about this issue at his weekly news conference on Tuesday. You can watch it below.

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Posted by Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) on Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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