Nevada School District to Spend $5M on Safety Upgrades

In total, $5,145,640 will be spent to put locks on 1,740 classroom doors and fences around elementary schools, as well as create a single point of entry for every middle school.

RENO, Nev.— The Washoe County School District will spend more than $5 million on locks, fences and redesigned front entrances over the next three years.

In total, $5,145,640 will be spent to put locks on 1,740 classroom doors and fences around elementary schools, as well as create a single point of entry for every middle school, reports the Reno Gazette-Journal.

The expenditure was prompted by a shooting that occurred at Sparks Middle School last October.

Additionally, the school board is close to approving a Safe and Healthy School Commission to oversee an audit of every school next year. A similar audit was conducted last year by Nevada’s neighbor to the north, Idaho, which uncovered major safety and security gaps in many of the state’s schools.

The Washoe County School District is also considering putting police officers in every middle school.

Photo via Wikimedia, by Ken Lund

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