Most Lansing elementary schools pass safety inspection

2013-01-20T21:30:00Z 2013-01-20T22:36:03Z Most Lansing elementary schools pass safety inspectionPaul Czapkowicz Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
January 20, 2013 9:30 pm  • 

LANSING | Superintendent Cecilia Heiberger told the Lansing Elementary District 158 School Board on Wednesday that she was pleased with the results of a Life Safety inspection of district schools conducted by a regional office on behalf of the State Board of Education on Jan. 8 and 9.

She said Coolidge Elementary was the only school in the district that was identified as requiring attention.

"Coolidge is a nonsprinklered building and they're stating that the requirement would be to put in doorstops on every single door, that when it exits out into a hallway that's not sprinklered," Heiberger said.

She said the doorstops make doors close automatically, but that the district has a letter on file that shows it has been grandfathered in and would thus not be required to install the doorstops at Coolidge.

Heiberger said there was also no fire detector in one teacher's workroom at Coolidge but that already has been addressed.

In other district news:

• The School Board unanimously approved a resolution that makes Dec. 14 an annual day of remembrance in the district in recognition of the tragic school shooting that occurred in Newtown, Conn., last month.

Board member Robert Bonifazi read the resolution aloud that said the day will be set aside to remember those killed, "while celebrating the individual talents and potential of our students and noble efforts of our staff and administrators in contributing to the care of our children."

Heiberger said there are no plans for any particular program at this point, but that a moment of silence will likely take place at each school.

"It's about not forgetting," Heiberger said.

* A letter of resignation, effective June 30, was read on behalf of D.158 Business Manager Douglas Handley. Handley, who has served in that role for eight years, was not present at the meeting.

Board Vice President Charles Taylor expressed his thanks for Handley's contributions.

"That man has done a tremendous job to look out for the funds for this district," Taylor said. "He's treated every dollar, every cent as if it was his own."

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