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New plans surface for old Lebanon High School
Jan 08, 2013 3:30 pm
The Wilson County School Board formally moved to indefinitely table any action concerning turning the old Lebanon High School into a middle school.
Board Chairman Don Weathers made the motion to defer any action on the use of the old LHS and to evaluate the building, along with the county's three kindergarten through eighth-grade schools, to determine what would be the best course of action to relieve overcrowding at those schools.
"I also move that the board must give 30 days notice to the public and the parents involved before any action is taken," Weathers said.
The board voted in favor of the motion by a 3 - 2 vote, with board members Wayne McNeese and Bill Robinson voting against.
Later in the meeting, McNeese moved the board vote the old Lebanon High School building won't be used as as a middle school. He amended that motion to recommend the board study the idea of making the old school into a facility to house the board of education offices and other offices housed in rented facilities.
"I think we should sell this property," McNeese said, referring to the board headquarters on Stumpy Lane, "and perhaps the Map Academy." Map Academy houses the county school's vocational classes.
Robinson seconded the motion.
"I want us to quit leasing property," McNeese said, adding he is concerned about the high utility bills the county school system pays at the old Lebanon High School.
He said he wanted to consider the best use of the old school building, and he didn't think a middle school was the best idea.
"I think we should move as many things as possible to that campus," he said. "Those ideas should all be included in the study."
Board member Ron Britt, who was the person to suggest the original motion be amended to a motion to study the notion, said while he didn't necessarily oppose the idea of moving school offices to the old LHS, it was a "radical" idea compared to older proposals and would require at lot of consideration by the board as to what was practical and affordable to be moved to the old campus.
Director Mike Davis said he wasn't opposed to the idea since the old campus would afford room for large offices
"Only for six more months," McNeese said, referring to the fact that Davis has resigned from his position and wouldn't be needing an office until July 1.
With that, the board voted 5-0 to authorize a study of the best way to use the old LHS and determine if moving county school offices there would be feasible.