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District-wide fire system repair and replacements

Project lead
Northwest Arctic Borough School District Terri Walker, Superintendent
(907) 442-1800

Funding Needed: $3.7 million
Project status: Funding is needed to advance the project

The fire protection systems at five in-region schools are so outdated that repair parts are no longer available, and the systems are unreliable. The current state of these systems poses a significant risk and immediate action is essential to ensure the safety of our students, educators and staff. The fire systems in our district schools have aged considerably and are now in desperate need of repair and modernization. These outdated systems compromise the safety protocols and fail to meet current fire safety standards and regulations. Inadequate fire systems put our educational institutions at risk and hinder our ability to respond effectively to potential emergencies.

The district submitted an application to DEED for districtwide fire system repair and replacement at six sites estimated at $3,731,750 with a participating share of $746,350.

The schools included are Ambler, Buckland, June Nelson, Kotzebue Secondary School, Noorvik and Shungnak. This application is ranked 54 on the DEED Capital Improvement Projects Major Maintenance Grant Fund list.

If this project is funded, Selawik’s fire alarm system is included in the Davis- Ramoth K-12 School Renewal project.