|By Katie Helland, The Gilroy Dispatch, Calif.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
During a joint meeting
"The schools have always served as a supplement to our park system," explained Mayor Pro Tempore
District staff, however, maintained keeping schools open to the public after hours is not worth the clean-up costs incurred from vandals and loiterers who frequently target school campuses as their next blank canvas for tagging and drug use.
"All I can say is, it's really tough to come to school Monday morning and see needles, condoms, people who couldn't find a bathroom and just peed," said
The three elementary schools that remain open are Las Animas, where parents and the surrounding neighborhood asked for the campus to remain open;
Some of the five elementary campuses get locked up after school because the community requested it in the first place, following frequent incidents of vandalism, according to district staff.
"It's a balance between having playgrounds open after school and keeping sites free of vandalism," she said, summing up the situation.
Of the five elementary school campuses that are closed after hours, two --
Eventually, GUSD plans to erect fences around 14 of its 15 campuses, leaving only the
"A lot of the fencing we've done has been the result of direct consul with the
GUSD accelerated its plan to build fences around every campus following the
Four days after the Newton Conn. disaster, Flores met with principals, district staff and the