Fernley Man Takes Down Fence Around School Entrance

By: Catherine Van/Staff Email
By: Catherine Van/Staff Email

UPDATE FRIDAY 5/23:
Kevin Evanoff has removed the fence, saying he made his point, and as he was doing so Friday, he was served with a temporary restraining order by the county. He set those papers on fire. Both sides say they are still looking for an appropriate long-term solution.

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FERNLEY, NV - For the past eight years, a group of East Valley Elementary School parents, students and teachers has had the same before- and after-school routines. Now, they're outraged to find a school entrance has been blocked off by a homeowner in the neighborhood who says he wants justice.

Many parents are angry at the inconvenience, but more than anything, they're confused at why he put up the makeshift fence in the first place. The school sent parents an e-mail Sunday night to warn them to drop off and pick up their kids at a different location. Parents are left wondering why Kevin Evanoff waited until now.

"Every year at the beginning of the school year, I always end up having to call the police down here because I always get people parking up and down my property," Evanoff said.

For the past eight years, Evanoff says he has been fighting with the city and the school to get people to listen--something he never thought he would have to deal with when he moved to the Farm District in Fernley 18 years ago.

"The only thing I've asked of the school is, 'don't let people park on this side of the property because if someone falls and gets hurt, I'm the one liable and I'll be the one who gets sued for it.'"

He claims the property is private land and parents do not have a right to park there to drop off and pick up their kids. As a way to get their attention, he put up a makeshift fence over the weekend and parents are not pleased.

"You can't even see the school from where you have to pick them up," said Andrew Pilarwsk. "You have to line the street with 40 or 50 cars down both sides of the streets. It's just not safe."

Now, the parents of 425 kids have been diverted to an alternative route on Wedge Lane--an inconvenience that adds extra time to their commute.

"It's on the far side of the playground; it's just a back gate. It's not meant for all the kids getting let out to go through," Pilarwsk said. "They have to go through the playground, the football field and try to keep them organized and trying to line them up to have them go to their parents instead of a stranger."

As a possible solution, Evanoff even offered to sell four acres of land to the school to use for parking. The school district says that's not in the budget but does want to find a solution, and is talking with legal counsel about possibilities.

Evanoff plans on keeping the fence there until the situation has been resolved.


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