Sparks Middle School intercom system faulty during shooting

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Updated: 5/19/2014 7:19 pm

SPARKS, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- The Sparks Police Investigation of the Sparks Middle School shooting shows the public address system inside the school did not work when school principals attempted Code Red alerts.

According to a school needs document released by the school district last year, over 20 intercom systems in the Washoe County school district are expired, while over 30 are deemed expired but serviceable.

"Being in these categories does not mean that the systems do not operate," said Chief Operations Officer Pete Etchart. "It means that they are no longer economically serviceable and need to be replaced."

The Sparks Police report shows Sparks Middle School Principal Stacy Cooper and Vice Principal Jerry Endres both tried issuing code red alerts the morning of the shooting. The announcements were not broadcasted over the intercom system and, in the report, Cooper said it is not uncommon for the public address system to not work after a school break.

"The intercom system at Sparks Middle School was addressed the next day after the October incident," said Facilities Management Officer Charlie Hoppe. "Our equipment repair shop has received six additional work orders related to the intercom systems this year."

School District Public Information Officer Victoria Campbell said the Spark Middle School public address system has been fixed since the shooting.

The intercom systems at Alice Smith Elementary, Alyce Taylor Elementary and George Westergard Elementary School will all be replaced this year through the Capital Renewal program.

"The other identified highest need PA replacement projects will be evaluated and prioritized with the other critical capital renewal needs," said Etchart.

This school year, the Washoe County School District is averaging two and a half intercom-related equipment repairs each week.

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