Fence bids OK’d to ‘beef up’ security at schools

10:19 am | May 17, 2013

Carter County Schools sent a message to its students and parents Thursday that safety continues to be a high priority.

Photo by Max HrendaChairman Kelly Crain addresses the crowd at the Board of Education's meeting at Unaka High School Thursday night. Crain said that the decision to purchase perimeter fencing for the county's high schools is a message that safety is among the board's higher priorities.

Photo by Max Hrenda
Chairman Kelly Crain addresses the crowd at the Board of Education’s meeting at Unaka High School Thursday night. Crain said that the decision to purchase perimeter fencing for the county’s high schools is a message that safety is among the board’s higher priorities.

The county Board of Education unanimously approved four bids from two fencing companies to surround all four county high schools with perimeter fence lines.

“We want to make sure Carter County’s schools are absolutely secure for every student, every teacher and everyone who attends,” Board Chairman Kelly Crain said. “We’re beefing up security and making it a safe environment to learn.”

Cable’s Fencing will build the fences for Cloudland and Happy Valley high schools for a combined total of $31,150, while Lyons Fence Company will handle the fencing at Unaka and Hampton high schools for $41,745.

Director of Schools Kevin Ward recently submitted a balanced budget, but the fencing’s combined cost of $72,895 wasn’t included. The money for these projects is coming from elsewhere.

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