Iron fences will go up at 3 Newport-Mesa elementary schools to help boost security

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Black rod iron fences are scheduled to replace chain-link fences at three Newport-Mesa Unified elementary schools this summer to help control visitor access and enhance security.

During community meetings last week, district Director of Facilities Development Ara Zareczny showed preliminary plans to install the new fencing and refurbish administrative offices at Wilson, Mariners and Newport Heights elementary schools.

The new enclosures will be installed in the front of each campus and access to all classroom buildings will be behind the security fence, Zareczny said.

In December, the district approved a $244,040 agreement for Irvine-based Studio + Architecture to design plans for the security fencing and office renovations at the three schools.

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