HICO, W.Va. — A safe school entrance is the highlight of a construction project getting started at Midland Trail High School in Fayette County.
Ground was broken for the project during a brief ceremony at the school in Hico Tuesday afternoon.
Fayette County Associate Superintendent of Schools Anna Kincaid-Cline said the school’s current entrance needs an update.
“Currently you (visitors) have to buzz in to get into the school but once you’re in the school you can have free rein–you can get into any location,” she said.
The new safe school entrance will create a man-trap.
“Safe school entrances are designed to trap anybody that you don’t want to get into the school in an outer space where there’s nothing in it,” Kincaid-Cline said. “Those are state-of-the-art that are part of all the new buildings now.”
The Midland Trail High School building will also get two updated classrooms where the current administration officers are located, a life skills gym and significant electrical work.
The $3.5 million is part of phase-2 of significant school construction work taking place in Fayette County. Phase 3 will include a new elementary school on the Midland Trail property.
The project started Tuesday is expected to take about a year to complete.