Crime down in Tahoe schools |

Crime down in Tahoe schools

Jill Darby

Crime on Lake Tahoe Unified School District campuses has decreased in most areas, according to the 1999-2000 California Safe Schools Assessment.

The annual report cites incidence of crimes in all California public schools, school programs, school districts and county offices of education.

Property crimes and drug/alcohol use are up in South Lake Tahoe schools but reports indicate a drop in the occurrence of battery, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and possession of a weapon.

There were 59 reported drug/alcohol offenses in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District last school year, 18 cases of battery, one sex offense, three incidents of possession of a weapon and 14 property crimes. There were no reported assaults with a deadly weapon, homicides or incidents of robbery/extortion, but the offenses that did occur cost the school district $5,300.

According to district officials, most of the district costs result from vandalism and theft.

The 1998-99 assessment reported 45 drug/alcohol offenses, 14 fewer than reported in the most recent study. However, that year, there were 29 cases of battery, two assaults with a deadly weapon, one incident of robbery/extortion, 14 incidents of possession of a weapon and five property crimes. Those offenses cost the school district $7,225. The past three assessments show more crimes were committed on campus during the 1997-98 school year, costing the district $12,375.

There were 5,793 students enrolled in the district during the 1998-99 school year. Last year’s attendance numbers were slightly down, with 5,779 students enrolled.

District officials could not be reached for comment as Superintendent Diane Scheerhorn was out of town at press time and Assistant Superintendent Barbara Davis was in a meeting.

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