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