The Huntsville City School Superintendent wants his district's newest school to be a safe place to learn. A barricade with a stop sign blocks access to the new school on Meridian Street. Dr. Casey Wardynski wants a brand new fence as part of the new school's security measures.
Dr. Wardynski says the new building for Lee High and New Century Technology High represents an investment.
He says the district gets one shot.
"We want that reputation to be stellar. Reputation is built on academic achievement, safety, student discipline and a bunch of other things," said Dr. Wardynski.
Dr. Wardynski wants a fence to surround the school. He cites the school's location to fast traffic and railroad tracks as the reasons.
"The fencing of the high school in the front on Meridian street and Quietdale Lane will be modeled on schools that look a lot like Tuskegee and Howard Universities. You know, those sorts of campuses," added Dr. Wardynski.
The district will spend $600,000 on the eight-foot fence. The total includes the purchase of a sign and welcome center.
Huntsville's school leader believes the fence is a good thing.
"Folks will be there in the evening. We want them to come and know that when they are going to and from their car that they are in an area that is safe," added Dr. Wardynski.
Dr. Wardysnki says the new school should set the standard for what a high school ought to be and that includes academics, attendance, safety and student discipline.
Board members will have to approve the purchase of the fence before contractors can begin building it.