Washoe County elementary schools to get safety upgrades

The Washoe County School District has approved spending more than $1.4 million to improve safety measures at a dozen elementary schools.

At the school board meeting on Tuesday afternoon, the board voted 6-0 to approve several consent agenda items at once, including the item regarding the single item upgrade. from the entrance. Director Beth Smith was not present at the meeting. The directors did not discuss this agenda item.

According to the contract, which can be viewed online by the public, Sparks-based Reyman Brothers Construction Inc. will improve single entry points into elementary schools. They are contracted to replace the glazing of the entrance vestibules and carry out minor electrical and low voltage work for the schools.

“(Single entry points have) been installed over the past 20 years or so, and in many cases retrofitted to existing schools. And as design standards and different solutions have been identified, we are now able to going back…to the older schools and just enhancing some of the functionality that’s already in place,” COO Adam Searcy told RGJ.

The contract states that the construction company will receive $647,645 to upgrade the doors of the following elementary schools by March 31, 2023:

  • Libby Booth Primary School
  • Glenn Duncan Elementary School
  • Hunter Lake Elementary School
  • Echo Loder Elementary School
  • Alice Maxwell Elementary School

The construction company will receive $818,285 to upgrade the doors of the following schools by June 30, 2023:

  • Rita Cannan Elementary School
  • Roger Corbett Primary School
  • Lemmon Valley Elementary School
  • Lincoln Park Elementary School
  • Agnes Risley Elementary School
  • Smithridge Elementary School
  • Veterans Memorial Elementary School

All WCSD elementary and middle schools have a single point of entry, according to the district’s website. This means that all visitors must enter through the main office and register with school staff.

Newly constructed schools, such as Hug High School and O’Brien Middle School, were built with unique entry points.

Searcy said high schools have always been designed without single entry points, “due to the highly dynamic nature of high school schedules and the campus environment” and that high schools have “secure perimeters and the ability to lock parking lots in some instances.”

He added that while secondary schools may have single entry points in the future, there are currently no plans to add them.

Kristin Oh is an education reporter for the Reno Gazette Journal. She can be reached at [email protected] or 775-420-1285. Please help support his work by subscribing.

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