Las Vegas school receives $26 million in security upgrades after teacher attack

The Clark County School District will allocate $26.3 million for safety improvements at Eldorado High School after a teacher was beaten and sexually assaulted by a student in April.

Improvements will include fencing around the perimeter of the school, construction of a single point of entry, upgrades to security cameras and installation of an instant alert system, according to a memo sent by District Facilities Manager Nathan Miller.

Under Nevada law, the superintendent can approve a contract to deal with an emergency if it affects public health, safety, or welfare. The emergency action was reported to the Clark County School Board as an item of information on its agenda Thursday evening.

The district referenced the recent violence in Eldorado, as well as nationally, in an agenda item on new security features, calling them “a security necessity for increased student protection.” and staff”.

The Eldorado teacher was attacked on April 7, the day before classes ended for spring break. Police arrested 16-year-old Jonathan Eluterio Martinez Garcia that day about a mile from the school. He faces charges of attempted murder, sexual assault, kidnapping and burglary.

In response to the attack, the district announced new safety protocols and measures, but students, teachers and support staff said promised changes were not implemented as students returned from vacation. of spring.

Instant alert systems

The district did not provide details Thursday on when the upgrades to Eldorado would be complete.

This summer, the district began rolling out CrisisAlert badges that employees can use to request immediate assistance from the school principal, nurse, or school resource officer at the employee’s location, or to trigger a campus-wide emergency lockdown.

The district said it determined which schools had priority for alarms based on a school’s number of entry points, which schools had the most service calls, and which schools had outdated camera systems. .

The district said in June the alarms would be installed and distributed to nine high schools to begin with: Basic, Centennial, Cheyenne, Clark, Del Sol, Durango, Liberty, Mojave and Palo Verde.

The district will also allocate $99,970 in upgrades to Clark for fencing and security camera upgrades.

According to the memo Miller sent to the board on Thursday, each campus has unique needs based on current infrastructure, and the cost of upgrades will vary.

Kamilah Bywaters, president of the Las Vegas Alliance of Black School Educators, questioned the funds allocated to Eldorado, calling it unfortunate that the district would provide security measures “at this expense” for a school.

“Have we thought about the impact that increasing security measures for a school would have on the rest of our community and on the students? Bywaters asked.

Asked Wednesday about the details of the work at Eldorado and how it would differ from Clark’s, the district said in a statement that details about some of the upgrades would not be released except to those “who need to know.”

“Security experts advise keeping exact procedures confidential to prevent people from planning ways to circumvent security measures,” the district said. “While we would like to disclose security details so that our parents, students and staff feel more reassured, it would give an advantage to those who intend to cause harm.”

Contact Lorraine Longhi at 480-243-4086 or [email protected] Follow @lolonghi on Twitter.

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