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5/3/2013 10:29:00 AM
Should Clarkdale school campus be closed?

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

CLARKDALE -- A meeting will be held Wednesday, May 15, to talk about school security at the Clarkdale-Jerome School. Parents, guardians and community members are invited to discuss what measures are needed and desired to make sure students are safe on campus.

Principal Kathleen Fleenor says there have not been any direct demands for increased security in Clarkdale. But, after a school security review by law enforcement, a plan now calls for a six-foot tall fence surrounding the 3-acre school, increased camera and classroom security. Some schools already have locked down their campuses 24 hours a day.

Schools throughout the country are reviewing security procedures in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings tragedy. Cottonwood Middle School recently fenced its own campus.

An earlier parental survey indicated that parents support more security measures around Clarkdale children, says Fleenor. At the same time, she says, Clarkdale-Jerome school is seen as a school with wide community use. People frequently use basketball courts and soccer fields after school hours.

Clarkdale Police Chief, Randy Taylor, Lt. Nate Auvenshine, of Yavapai Sheriff's Office, and Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter will be on hand to answer questions.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Loblaw

I would sincerely urge everyone to step back and think through this urge to "protect" the school.

Schools are something that neighborhoods are grounded to. Kids gravitate there after hours and weekends to play. Little League games are held there and communities gather to watch.

I have been driving to Rocky Point several times a year since the 1970's and it was always such a beautiful trip, UNTIL the border fence was erected and passports became required. This fence is an obnoxious 15 ft. behemoth that elicits feelings of being in a concentration camp. It affects the people who live in the border communities and is reminiscent of some Eastern European communist city.

I say, "Resist the call to 'FEAR' being solicited by law enforcement" and let's keep our 'small town' feeling of community.

DON'T DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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