School involves neighborhood in student, campus safety.
The city kicked off a new public safety program to make schools a safer place.
Students and parents at Leona Cox Elementary School gathered Friday, along with several dignitaries, including Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar, Captain Anthony LaBerge of the Santa Clarita Station and Leona Cox Student Body President Kaylee Maddux to unveil a new School Watch sign.
The sign is only part of the program launched by the city in conjunction with the sheriff and fire departments, which involves neighbors as the guardians of local elementary school campuses. Parents expressed their support to the officials, vowing to distribute brochures about the program through their site council and walking door-to-door to encourage others to report campus intruders and head off vandalism and crime.
Deputy Patrick Rissler, who initiated the program, said that Highland and Emblem Elementary Schools will be the next to receive the School Watch designation.