Las Patronas awards La Jolla High public school grant
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From left, Jeff Macelli, president of Foundation of La Jolla High; Jena Joyce, vice president of grants; Erin Wyer, chairwoman of Las Patronas 2013 Jewel Ball; and Dana Shelburne, principal, La Jolla High School.
From left, Jeff Macelli, president of Foundation of La Jolla High; Jena Joyce, vice president of grants; Erin Wyer, chairwoman of Las Patronas 2013 Jewel Ball; and Dana Shelburne, principal, La Jolla High School.
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The Foundation of La Jolla High School has been chosen as the recipient of the 2013 La Jolla Public School grant of $10,000. The grant will be used to purchase security cameras to improve the safety on campus for the students, staff and administration.

In light of tragedies that have occurred on school campuses across the country, the school’s administration felt that enhancing the current security system could prove to be a wise investment.

La Jolla High School has always been a neighborhood school with few fences separating it from the surrounding community, which, said principal Dana Shelburne, has fostered a strong sense of pride and personal responsibility among students and a welcoming atmosphere for parents and neighbors.

Simultaneously, the lack of perimeter fencing has created a need for other security measures, and surveillance cameras have addressed that need since the foundation first funded the purchase and installation of cameras more than a decade ago. The passage of time has necessitated upgrades and replacements, and the Las Patronas grant will help fill the void left by the shortage of funding from the school district.

Student and staff safety is a necessary and fundamental function of any school campus, and the security cameras purchased with the Las Patronas grant will greatly improve the functionality of the current security system.

The addition of the new cameras will enhance the school’s ability to maintain a safe and secure environment for students and staff. Both the foundation and La Jolla High School are pleased to have been chosen by the Las Patronas organization as this year’s winner of the La Jolla Public School Grant. Foundation president Jeff Macelli said he is grateful for the generosity Las Patronas has shown La Jolla High School and he is pleased it has partnered with the foundation to help champion this cause.

— Staff and contribution
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