Over the past two weeks, Stubbs Construction has been breaking ground and preparing for a new fence at WCMS to improve campus security.
Costing $88,032, the project is funded through a safety grant. The 6-foot, chain-link fence will enclose the entire campus of WCMS.
“The fence will be on the outside of the school campus from the front corner of the football field down to the annex and back behind related arts,” said WCMS principal Gerald Tidwell.
Tidwell explained there are some security questions lingering. With the WCMS campus being laid out so differently, Tidwell said school officials will have to go back and readdress some issues.
“The main area that we are concerned about is middle section of campus and the potential danger of students changing buildings,” said Tidwell. “With our entrance located at the back of the campus, we will have to leave that gate open so some things still need to be worked out.”
According to Director of Schools Bobby Cox, each school is required to have one access point to the public.
Although this may not be a perfect solution, Cox said the new fencing will make campus security more controllable.
“Back when it was built, those campuses were open because there weren’t security issues like there are today,” said Cox. “The security experts have said that the more barriers you can put into place, the less likelihood of a security breach occurring where someone enters the building.”
Along with the new fence, security cameras and buzz-in entry system, a new glass door and wall area will be constructed in the reception area over the summer. Cox said similar to a doctor’s office waiting area, this will make the school entrance more secure.
With such speedy progress, project completion is expected before school lets out for the summer.