RSU #18 Prioritizes Fire Safety Work at Central Maine Schools

OAKLAND, Maine. (WABI) RSU #18 is addressing dozens of fire code violations at schools in the district following a report from the State Fire Marshal's Office.

The school board voted to prioritize fire safety work at the schools in July.

The superintendent says any immediate dangers have been fixed and none of the violations threaten the safety of students.

District officials requested the fire safety inspections because of the age of some of the schools.

The district includes Belgrade, China, Oakland, Rome and Sidney.

Sprinkler systems and fire exits are among the issues being looked at.

"We were looking at our buildings. You know, we have a couple buildings that are under-capacity for use, we have a couple of old buildings. This summer we've redone the roof on one of the buildings. We had to do some asbestos removal. Probably the ongoing things that would be more than housekeeping would be things like doors. We have some doors that are old, that are not fire rated appropriately for the area that they're in just because of updated regulations," said RSU #18 Superintendent Carl Gartley.

The superintendent says he suspects many school districts with older facilities would have similar reports if they requested inspections.

The school board is also set to discuss renovation of the Messalonskee High School athletic complex in early August.