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WCSD Invests in School Security

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Washoe County School District is investing millions of dollars to improve safety at area schools. Crews are adding locks and cameras, and building tall fences around the campuses.

Reed High School had its fence put in over the summer. Administrators say it helps keep students on campus, and keeps other people off campus. It is also helping them regulate foot traffic across Baring Boulevard.

"It keeps the school safe, and it keeps our students safe," Reed Principal Mary Vesco said, "not only in the schools, but when they're crossing a very busy street."

Using grant funding and bond rollover money, Washoe County has put fences around 36 of the schools in the district. This doesn't mean all the high schools will have closed campuses, it just makes the regulatory process easier.

Reed High is one of the first to have its fence completed, and Vesco said it's already making a difference. The fence helps limit truancy, and it has already reduced the number of complaints from drivers about students running across the road.

Having a secure campus also makes it easier for officers to put the school on lock down, in case of an emergency.

"With this we can control our campuses," WCSD Police Chief Mike Mieras said. "We can control who comes and goes. If we have to lock down this campus here, we can have one single point of entry."

The school district plans to eventually have fences built around all of the schools.

Written by Arianna Bennett
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