East Marshall lands fire safety grant

The East Marshall School District is receiving a $25,000 federal grant to help with fire safety at the high school in Le Grand.

East Marshall Schools Superintendent Dianne Anderson said the grant will go toward the purchase of new interior doors at the oldest portion of the high school building.

She said a fall visit to the high school by the state fire marshal led to a citation of the current doors. The new doors will be 20-minute, fire rated doors.

“The state fire marshal said the doors will be best for kids and you have to do what’s best for kids,” Anderson said.

Anderson said the project is expected to cost $25,252, so she is pleased the grant can pay for nearly all of it.

“That’s $25,000 that we didn’t have to come up with,” Anderson said.

She expects the project to be done this summer.

“We’ll probably get the ball rolling so as soon as the kids are out of school the doors are here,” Anderson said.

The fire marshal also advised heat detectors to be installed and the district is paying $5,800 to install them district-wide. The federal fire safety grants are secured by U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.