Editorial: Closer look at old Lebanon High will be clear indicator

Leaks in ceilings, insect infestations, mold, sewer gas issues and deplorable cafeteria conditions are not the way to describe quality, much less adequate, conditions students should have to put up with while at school.
Nov 24, 2012

Leaks in ceilings, insect infestations, mold, sewer gas issues and deplorable cafeteria conditions are not the way to describe quality, much less adequate, conditions students should have to put up with while at school.
But those very words were used to describe the former Lebanon High School campus at one time. And it was many of those issues used by Wilson County schools officials that led to a new, state-of-the-art facility off South Hartmann Drive.
Flash forward two years. Students are enjoying their new school as they near the completion of the first semester there.
Since May, the school building they left has laid dormant. And earlier this month, a proposal – also two years old – was placed again on the table by the Wilson County Board of Education to resurrect the old Lebanon High School building to house the proposed new Lebanon Middle School.
The plan would pull more than 600 sixth- through eighth-graders – some of whom have only known one school since kindergarten – from Southside, Carroll Oakland and Tuckers Crossroads elementary schools and place them at the proposed new Lebanon Middle School.
A week from today on Dec. 1 at 9 a.m., the school board and Director of Schools Mike Davis will get the opportunity to sell the real estate and their plans firsthand to the Wilson County Commission at the school in a joint work session.
After all, it’s the board that has the plan, but it’s the commission that has the checkbook.
The meeting will also afford the opportunity for parents and the community at large to also view and tour the facility and see for themselves.
We remain open minded on the proposal, but it’s hard to escape the visions and the arguments made in the past that led to a new high school.
Maybe upgrades have been made. Maybe those planned with get the building back in shape for a new group of students.
Until then, however, the jury remains out, and the current evidence presented is overwhelming.

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