School blocks student exit

“Wilson County Schools sent white vans to literally block the entrances to the Lebanon High School (LHS) student parking aisles to prevent them from leaving while they attempted another useless ‘fix’ (allowing all ‘car riders’ to leave first) to the traffic issues they caused when they built the school,” said parent, Amber Hurdle in a Facebook post Friday.
Aug 2, 2013
(Photo courtesy of Facebook) Students wait in the Lebanon High School parking lot Friday as vans block the exit.

 

Lebanon High School’s traffic dilemmas are again drawing parental ire.

Amber Hurdle, whose daughter attends Lebanon High School, took her frustration to Facebook after school officials blocked her daughter in the school parking lot.

“Wilson County Schools sent white vans to literally block the entrances to the Lebanon High School (LHS) student parking aisles to prevent them from leaving while they attempted another useless ‘fix’ (allowing all ‘car riders’ to leave first) to the traffic issues they caused when they built the school,” said Hurdle in a Facebook post Friday.

She also said in her post that because of the 40-minute delay, her daughter was not released from campus until 11 minutes after she was supposed to pick up her younger brother at the elementary school.

“This is an extreme lack of respect for not only the students, but for the parents and the families involved,” said Hurdle.

She said the students driving themselves to school likely have responsibilities, such as after-school jobs or siblings to pick up from school.

“If you can’t make it fair, then your plan’s not working,” said Hurdle.

Lebanon City Council member Rob Cesternino said several people have contacted him about the situation.

“There are a lot of people who are upset,” said Cesternino. “There’s some concern about whose decision this was.”

He said people often mistakenly think the city of Lebanon is involved with issues related to Lebanon High School since it is within the city limits.

As a Wilson County school, though, it does not fall under city council or Lebanon police purview.

Cesternino said that as a parent, though, he understood other parents’ concerns about the situation.

“If there was a time that one of my kids was left standing at the side of the curb at the elementary school because their sibling was not let out of the parking lot, I personally would be demanding answers,” said Cesternino.

Lebanon High School Principal Myra Sloan said the district’s central office developed and implemented the plan.

“They brought it over today,” said Sloan on Friday.

Deputy Director of Schools Mickey Hall said the measure was an attempt to help ease the traffic congestion.

“We’re working on different options right now trying to help afternoon traffic…We had traffic engineers with us today,” said Hall. “We’ll continue tweaking.”

He said the Lebanon High School campus has more car riders than any of the district’s other schools. He estimated between 900 and 1,000 cars are on campus each day, with about 400 staying throughout the day.

“We have to keep everything controlled and safe,” said Hall.

He said he could not say how long parents should plan for their children to be on campus after school dismissal each day.

“Our goal is to get them off campus as quickly as possible,” said Hall. “A lot depends on the number of cars on campus.”

Comments

k2quick

I would like to know if any of the Wilson County school board members have children in the county school system, in particular LHS? And if so, were their children, who drive, told about this ahead of time. That they would be detained for an undetermined amount of time. And I guess I am uneducated and I am trying to change that but how do the school board members get their position? Are they elected by the voters? Thank you

k2quick

Also, who paid for the gas for all these vans and salaries for the drivers who stood around for an hour beside the vans? If that money came from the education fund, could it not have been spent in a better way? Like spending the money to come up with a solution for the problem.

lhs81

They need to admit they screwed up during the engineering/traffic flow phase of the project, man up and fix this Huge mess. One access road is "not" ever going to be enough. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that you can't get so many vehicles on and off the property in such a short amount of time.

thearn2183

They are going to have to raise taxes, spend money and buy another egress into to the property. Designate this new entrance to the student parking only.
Similar problems exist at Wilson Central but, it being in the country and not in town it doesn't draw as much notice.

dthaze

Last year when I complained about the traffic Mr. Burton advised me to have my grandchild ride a bus or carpool in with someone. I took his advice and still she was held hostage (isn't that against the law?)with the person she was riding with. Also, I would love to get paid for parking my truck on school property & sitting there doing nothing. Where do I fill out an application?

Devils14

If the school is going to start blocking off the student drivers from leaving then the over paid traffic blockers need to stop being so rude to the students. Our kids have places they need to be and telling them to shut up and go sit in your car is not the way to treat the students and they also told some students if you have to be at work just have your job call the traffic blockers and they will let them know why the student is late for work. The School Board needs to open up that back gate on Hickory Ridge and let the student drivers out that way. Why have a back gate if you are not going to use it.

 

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