Lenz Elementary School Reopened

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email
The clean-up effort at the Elizabeth Lenz Elementary school is completed five days after an arson fire set ablaze to the multipurpose room closing prompting school closure.

Staff Photos: Erin Evans
Victor Quevedo, left, and Parker Banken, students at Shoal Creek Elementary School, work on their projects Monday in Molly Spardello’s art class. The children learned about how to capture movement in art by cutting out human figures in active poses then drawing lines around the silhouette.

The clean-up effort at the Elizabeth Lenz Elementary school is completed five days after an arson fire set ablaze to the multipurpose room closing prompting school closure.

“This positive start perpetuated a momentum of cooperation and togetherness that brought this calamity to a successful end,” said Gordon Salas, assistant director of Capital Projects and Facilities Management. “It is tantamount to making lemons into lemonade.”

Salas said that 99 percent of the clean up was completed over the weekend following the Thursday morning fire that also saw water damage.

The restoration included the extraction of water; cleaning, patching and deodorizing of all carpets and floor surfaces; the removal of soot and smoke damage; the sanitizing of teaching equipment and cleaning of heating ducts.

Some minor work, including replacement of the multipurpose room’s ceiling tiles and painting of its walls, remains to be completed during the upcoming winter break.

According to police, two suspects, both students from the school, were arrested and charged with burglary, damage to school property, conspiracy and arson. Identities of the two minors have not been released because of their ages.

The fire at the school on Homeland Drive in Reno broke out about 2.15 a.m. Thu., Dec. 2nd.

The first to be arrested is an 11-year-old police say was taken in for questioning by a parent. That line of questioning led to the arrest of a 12-year-old.


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