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State Fire Marshal: Changes needed

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Report filed after LHS visit 

By CONNIE ESHThe Wilson Post

A final report from the State Fire Marshal is in and while some sections of Lebanon High School will have to be changed, the news is not as serious as Wilson County Director of Schools Mike Davis thought it might be earlier.

Some issues involve moving items that block exits or corridors. The report noted drink machines that are located in corridors and that the stage area blocks the exit door in the off-stage area.

The volleyball locker room needs emergency lighting and exit signs and the girls’ locker room will need an additional exit if it continues to be used, the fire marshal said in the report.

The school has been using a conference room for a classroom and State Deputy Fire Marshal Barry Draper has informed the school that it cannot continue the practice.

A smoke detector in a storage area has to be replaced and several locks and door latches need to be repaired or replaced.

Although the school does have an approved alarm system, it is not operating, which means the school is required to go on a “fire watch” program.

However, Davis said maintenance crews had been working all day Thursday to correct any issues they could.

“We’ve been able to deal with most of the issues,” he said. “And he (the fire marshal) didn’t require us to deal with some issues, like the one second floor classroom, that would have required tearing down the building.”

He said a couple of issues will take a little more time to correct, but added that the report gives the school 60 days to come up with a plan to solve those problems.

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