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Schools to hear public on options
Dec 12, 2012 4:00 pm
Those concerned about the future of proposed plans for a new Lebanon Middle School can be heard Tuesday.
The Wilson County Board of Education will meet in a work session Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the old Lebanon High School auditorium.
The meeting was called to “continue discussions of the feasibility of using the old Lebanon High School building as a middle school,” according to a public notice from the board released Tuesday.
The proposal has been a source of contention between the board and community since November when the creation of a new Lebanon Middle School in the old Lebanon High School was put up for vote but never received a motion. During a work session earlier that night, parents, concerned community members, teachers and others flooded the board meeting hall all opposed to using the building.
Director of Schools Mike Davis, who gave his letter of resignation last week but plans to work until June 30, made the recommendation to use the same building he and others condemned three years ago to secure a new Lebanon High School that opened in August near South Hartmann Drive.
The original plan was to take 634 sixth- through eighth-graders and 30 teachers from overcrowded Carroll Oakland, Southside and Tuckers Crossroads elementary schools beginning next year and place them in the old Lebanon High School building under the name Lebanon Middle School.
During the November meeting, the board agreed to postpone a vote on the issue until January and vowed to set up a work session at the old Lebanon High School.
On Dec. 1, the board met in a work session at the old Lebanon High School auditorium amid about 150 concerned community members.
Architect Jason Moore offered three proposals for the future of middle school students who reside or will live in areas surrounding the Lebanon city limits. Among the proposals were alternate plans within each.
The plans include using the old Lebanon High School building to house a new Lebanon Middle School; making additions to Carroll Oakland, Southside and Tuckers Crossroads elementary schools; and building a new Lebanon Middle School building near the new Lebanon High School campus. Included within the course of action the board ultimately takes would be whether it keeps the three schools in question kindergarten through eighth-grade in format or moves to a middle school concept, such as what’s in place at Mt. Juliet and Wilson Central schools.