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School board approves fire alarm system replacement

December 29, 2017

DERBY, Vt. (AP) — Members of a Vermont school board have agreed to postpone school improvement projects to pay for a new fire alarm system.

The Record reports the decision reached Wednesday helps prevent the North Country Union Junior High School board from going over budget next year.

The board is working on a draft budget of $4.73 million, which is 2.37 percent less than their current budget of $4.83 million. The fire alarm system became one of the unexpected expenses in the budget after a state fire marshal determined it is not up to code.

The cost to replace the system is estimated at $85,000.

Board member Richard Cartee says the safety of students comes first, and the system needs to be replaced.

The board is expected to finalize the budget Jan. 16.

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