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Siouxland school district faced with making changes before students return for classes


A complaint by the Nebraska State Fire Marshal office has one Siouxland school district working quickly to get its facility ready for the upcoming school year.

Neligh-Oakdale Superintendent Kimberly Lingenfelter says she knew the district had facility deficiencies when she took over as the top administrator in 2010.

But, a recent complaint to the Nebraska Fire Marshal's office has a 16-point correction order on top of the districts priority list.

"A majority of that 16 point correction order can be addressed through the installation of fire sprinklers, an HVAC system to replace our 1959 boiler system, fire safety doors, and additional emergency and exit signs," said Lingenfelter

The main focus of the correction order had to do with the district's basement.

In the Fire Marshal's inspection, they found basement windows to be inoperable, low egress ceilings, and no automatic sprinkler.

The issues will force school administration to shut down their basement classrooms and move some classroom space around.

"Possibly shared space in the lunch room, stage, distance learning could share some space," said Lingenfelter.

With students returning on August 13, district administration has put a plan together to get the facility up to code before the first day of school.

"We are meeting with the electrician, along with the fire marshal and the architect to ensure we are ready to open the doors on August 13th", said Carrie Pitzer, President of the Neligh-Oakdale Board of Education.

Neligh-Oakdale administrators are expected to meet with the Fire Marshal's office, Thursday morning, to get clarification on what deficiencies need to be updated before the first day of school.


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