School officials discuss proposed student project

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

Clovis High School junior Luis Najera plans to study welding when he finishes high school.

He told Clovis school board members Tuesday he is excited about being involved in a proposed student project to building a security fence for the high school campus.

“I really think this will be good for us,” he said. “It would make our school look nicer.”

Metal shop teacher Chuck Jordan discussed with the board initial plans for an 8-foot tall fence made of steel pipes stretching more than 3,600 feet long around the campus, according to preliminary designs.

He said the auto body and advanced metals classes will be involved in the project.

“This project will create a true real life classroom environment that will teach far more than our standard curriculum,” Jordan said.

Since the project falls in line with the class’ curriculum it does not need board approval, according to Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm.

Deputy Superintendent of Operations Joel Shirley said the class could start the project next semester.

Shirley said the project would save the school district between $35,000 to $50,000. The project is estimated to cost about $385,000 if the school went through a contractor.

Seidenwurm said the project will be funded with school bond funds and state funds.

Jordan said the project could take about four years to complete. He said the fence will be built and installed in sections.

Shirley said the school district would hire a contractor to install the fence.

In other business board members:

• Approved modifications to the school district’s freedom of information policy.

• Approved a request for travel for the Clovis High School Marching band. The band will travel to Anaheim, Calif. for a trip to Disneyland. Band members raised money for the trip, which costs each student $650.

• Heard an update from Seidenwurm regarding the growth committee. She said committee members listed building a new middle school as a top priority.