KEYSER - Keyser Primary School could soon be installing privacy strips in the fencing around the school, provided the Mineral County Board of Education approves a request for a line of credit on Monday.

By Liz Beavers
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KEYSER - Keyser Primary School could soon be installing privacy strips in the fencing around the school, provided the Mineral County Board of Education approves a request for a line of credit on Monday.
KPS principal Barb Kesner told the Mineral County Board of Education recently that parents and others have been observed in the parking lots of businesses across Route 220 from the school, photographing and videotaping the children while they play in the fenced-in area.
On some occasions, adults have been talking to the children through the fence, and Kesner feels the visibility and accessibility could be a potential safety issue for the students.
“It’s become a nuisance and I think it’s dangerous,” she said.
Kesner and office staff member Connie Lyons both went before the board during their June 26 meeting to propose the idea.
Kesner said they had obtained quotes from three different companies, and the lowest bid was $7,476 from American Industrial Fencing.
“We have almost $4,000 now; we’d like to have a line of credit for $5,000,” she said.
The strips would be a sand color to match the decor of the building.
In addition to the installation of the strips, Kesner said some of the gates need to be reinforced because the concrete bases are cracking.
Kesner assured the board that the line of credit, if approved, would be paid back as quickly as possible.
“We already have it lined up how we’re going to pay it back,” she said, noting that the school had previously borrowed $17,000 for the installation of the digital sign along Harley O. Staggers Drive, and has since paid that back.
The board could not take an official vote on the request during the June 26 meeting, as the item was not on the agenda at that time.
It is on the agenda for Monday’s meeting, however, which gets underway at 6 p.m. in the administrative bulding at 1 Baker Place.