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TYLER (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - A 6-foot fence will surround the Robert E. Lee High School campus by next school year.

The Tyler ISD school board voted 6-0 Thursday to approve the perimeter fencing at the campus.

This fencing will be similar to that installed at John Tyler High School in 2010.

"This will greatly increase the control of access … and go a long way to keeping the students safe, just like at John Tyler," Superintendent Gary Mooring said.

The fencing, which won't be installed until the summer, will be wrought iron on the Loop 323 and Donnybrook Avenue sides.

Wrought-iron gates will be installed at all entrances and brick columns will be used with the entrances.

On the south and west ends of the campus, a 6-foot chain-link fence will be installed, according to district information.

Previously the board had considered fencing at Lee, but there were concerns that the campus would lose too many parking spots.

However, Mooring said after talking with engineers, they found a way to move the guard shack on campus and modify the fence design to keep an appropriate amount of parking.

Board President Michelle Carr said she thinks students and parents will be grateful for this.

Board member Eleno Licea said he previously opposed the fence when it was proposed for John Tyler, but after seeing it installed and working, he supports it.

The board approved entering a contract with RPR General Contractors for $320,060 to build the fence.

The project will be funded with general fund balance designated for special projects, according to district information.

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