Shelton High School is a safe building, according to Mayor Mark Lauretti and School Supt. Freeman Burr, despite the recent release of July 2012 report by the State Fire Marshal\u2019s Office (SFM) that found 579 fire code violations. Lauretti said some of the problems cited in the report \u2014 based on 2011 inspections \u2014 have since been rectified, and more will be fixed in the future. \u201cDo I think the school is unsafe?\u201d Lauretti said this week. \u201cAbsolutely not. I was there today.\u201d Lauretti pointed out his sister and sister-in-law teach at the school, and his four children attended school in the facility. Burr said while he wouldn\u2019t describe the items cited as insignificant, many involve \u201csmall stuff\u201d such as gaps in walls that should be covered up. Some items have already been addressed, Burr said, particularly those having to do with windowless classrooms.\u00a0\u201cI don\u2019t believe the building is unsafe,\u201d Burr said. He said he\u2019s mystified why the report wasn\u2019t released until almost two years after the inspections, which were conducted from May 27 to July 25, 2011. The report was released April 11. Corrective action plan Jeffrey R. Beckham, staff counsel and communications director for the state Department of Administrative Services, which oversees the SFM, agreed that some violations in the report no longer exist. \u201cSome of the violations that represented an immediate life safety issue were resolved,\u201d Beckham said. \u201cThe remaining issues have to be resolved by the town and its school district. We expect that they would be coming up with a corrective action plan.\u201d Why released now? According to a cover letter with the 118-page report that was addressed to attorney Ramon S. Sous, counsel for the city, the report is being released now because no criminal prosecution will be pursued by the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. The investigation into the matter was initiated based on complaints concerning the actions of Shelton Fire Marshal James Tortora. The probe sought \u201cto determine the level of compliance with the fire safety regulations administered by the Office of State Fire Marshal,\u201d according to the letter written by state Fire and Life Safety Supervisor Terry A. Brouwer of SFM. Brouwer wrote that many of the violations cited \u201cappear to be a result of incomplete or deficient work\u201d performed during the 2006 addition and renovation project at the high school. \u201cThe responsibility for ensuring code compliance at Shelton High School remains with the [SFM],\u201d Brouwer wrote. \u201cOur office, however, remains available to assist in the development of a plan of correction.\u201d The problems Shelton High is a four-story, 312,740 square-foot-building that opened in 1974. The 2006 project involved a 7,470-square-foot addition and renovating parts of the existing structure. According to the report, 64 violations were on the first floor, 151 on the second floor, 168 on the third floor, and 196 on the fourth floor. Some of the violations cited involve the doors, wall barriers, emergency and exit lighting, signage, windows, clearances, and spacing between items. Common problems were unprotected wall penetrations, holes in doors from removed hardware, painted-over UL listing labels, electrical boxes without plates or covers, use of extension cords, and the lack of at least one window in certain classrooms. State involvement Beckham said the SFM only gets involved when requested by local officials and \u201cwhen the local enforcement becomes an issue. That occurs infrequently, perhaps once every year or two.\u201d The SFM could pursue trying to remove Tortora\u2019s certification as a fire marshal. This would involve an administrative proceeding at the state level. \u201cThat matter is still under review,\u201d Beckham said. Lauretti said he has \u201cno issues\u201d with Tortora right now, and has been discussing the problems with him for three years. \u201cThis is not just about the fire marshal, but the people in charge of the building,\u201d the mayor said. \u201cThis is not a one-way street." Design flaws Burr said it appears that some design issues with the 2006 project may need to be fixed and, based on the SFM letter,\u00a0 this may require the services of architects and engineers. Burr was not working in the Shelton school district when the 2006 project was completed. He expects city and school officials will get together to decide how to proceed. \u201cI\u2019m not certain what we have to do,\u201d he said. \u201cWe\u2019d like guidance from the SFM on how to fix it up.\u201d Finding some violations not unusual Burr said fire code inspections are conducted regularly of school buildings by local fire officials, including the marshal and deputies, and always include some violations. Lauretti said the city needs to look at the report in depth and figure out exactly what problems have been fixed and which ones have not. \u201cA lot of these issues have been around a long time,\u201d he said. Fixing the problems will cost money, according to Lauretti. \u201cWe\u2019ve spent quite a bit already, and we\u2019ll spend more,\u201d he said.