PATERSON, NJ – City education officials are terminating a service contract with a Phillipsburg company that had provided maintenance on fire protection equipment in Paterson schools.

The resolution ending the contract says the company, Total Fire Safety, performance was “unsatisfactory”. When asked to explain what that meant, district officials said there were lapses in the company’s billing, documentation and possibly coverage.

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But, officials said, the problems did not expose the district’s students and staff to danger.

To replace Total Fire Safety, the district plans to enter a $500,000 contract with Absolute Protective Systems of Edison. That is scheduled to be voted upon on at the August 15 Board of Education meeting.