Limited funds, old buildings get in the way of school safety in Guilford County

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Guilford County Schools maintenance department's Kenneth Dean, left, and Archie Smart work on a door that did not fully close at Allen Jay Middle School, on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in High Point, N.C. (JOSEPH RODRIGUEZ/News & Record)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — When checking the boiler room at Florence Elementary School in June, fire inspectors found sprinklers coated with paint, which would block water flow to a blaze, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

At Sternberger Elementary last May, they found blocked emergency exit windows in a dozen classrooms.

At dozens of other schools over the past year, they found inoperable exit lights and emergency exits blocked by debris.

In all, fire inspectors have found more than 4,000 code violations in the system’s school buildings since October 2013, according to records analyzed by the News & Record. More than three-quarters of the violations have been corrected.

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