Admin view: the case for fences

Fences separate the Billy Henderson Stadium from the main Clarke Central High School campus. Principal Marie Yuran hopes that the fences will aid traffic problems and security at CCHS. “Once we have all the fencing completed, our goal is that once we get everyone on campus in the morning, we will secure our perimeter as best we can,” Yuran said. Photo by Aneesa Conine-Nakano.

By ANEESA CONINE-NAKANO – Editor-in-Chief

Over the winter break, fences were added around Clarke Central High School’s perimeter. Principal Marie Yuran discusses the future of security for CCHS and the plan to secure the school and manage student traffic.

Several new fences were added over winter break to secure the area around Billy Henderson Stadium and the entrances at Clarke Central High School.

“We have got all the fences we are going to get,” Principal Marie Yuran said. “The fences themselves, some will eventually have alarms, so we can add some more security during the school day. The fences will be open for events, but other than that, will remain closed for the most part.”

Throughout the first semester, Yuran and the administration team looked at the flow of student traffic to better plan out the security additions.

“This year we are still in transition. We are kind of finished with construction, but not really. The fences came later in the school year,” Yuran said. “Some of that was purposeful because we really wanted to see what the patterns of students in the building would be like and where people would need accessibility points and where they didn’t.”

Sophomore Corvionna Manago does not believe that the addition of the fences will be successful in securing the school.

“Well I don’t really think they will be that effective during school or school events, unless security is around. I think students and even other people will find some type of way around them, such as climbing over it,” Manago said.

Looking to the future, Yuran hopes that the fences will have long-lasting impacts on security and will help control the traffic during the school day.

“Once we have all the fencing completed, our goal is that once we get everyone on campus in the morning, we will secure our perimeter as best we can,” Yuran said. “So, late arrivals and anybody, really the only entry point they would use is going through and signing in with (main office secretary Linda) Glenn, so we are funnelling everybody that way for security purposes.”

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