Jara discusses new safety measures in State of Schools, minus metal detectors

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County School District’s outgoing superintendent did not hold his annual State of the Schools speech in January, opting for a press release instead.

In an 18-page document, Dr. Jesus Jara mentioned student successes, including increasing the graduation rate for black and Hispanic students over the past year.

Jara was away with family “during [his] mother’s final days” preventing him from giving the annual address, according to his release.

He submitted his letter of resignation last month to CCSD’s board of trustees.

In what’s considered his final public address, Jara outlined safety and security measures but left out one that he vowed to put in place nearly a year ago – metal detectors.

“What we’re looking at is a recommendation. I think it will be a school-based decision when you look at that Joshua and some of the things that are happening that are going to be coming for next year,” Dr. Jara said on Jan. 8 during a one-on-one interview.

Back in May of 2023, Jara first announced rolling out metal detectors at some high schools as part of a pilot program. It was to cut down on the number of guns CCSDPD has confiscated on campus.

Jara had then said the devices would be in place by the start of the 2023-2024 school year. Since then, Jara hasn’t committed to a timeline.

The superintendent highlighted the addition of four new K9s that will do random classroom sniffs in his state of schools.

CCSD also added new fencing, upgraded security cameras, and implemented a single point of entry. The district hasn’t said which schools have those upgrades.

Another was embedding social workers with school police.

“This particular area command has some of the highest calls in our whole district,” Monique Abarca, a CCSDPD social worker, told 8 News Now last month. “Around Valley High School, there’s a lot of homelessness. There’s a lot of activity that requires police intervention.”

Barca is often accompanied by her 6-year-old Labrador Eddie who is the district’s first service dog.

“People are understanding that dogs are a really great tool and resource in working with the community and their staff,” Abarca said.

Jara also stated in his address that all CCSD schools will have a new system that screens visitors, volunteers, and vendors.

The district’s data shows since the start of the 2023/2024 school year, CCSDPD has seized 38 guns, including one found on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at Simmons Elementary School. An adult allegedly brought that gun on campus.

CCSD’s board of trustees is currently negotiating with Dr. Jara on terminating him with convenience. He still remains as superintendent

Original News Source Link – KLAS

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