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Decrepit high school may reopen for younger students

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LEBANON, TN (WSMV) -

Parents and teachers filled every seat at the Wilson County School Board meeting to hear more about a controversial proposal to move middle school students into a vacant former high school building.

The old Lebanon High School was closed because it was leaky, moldy and bug-infested.

The director of schools said turning it into a middle school is a win-win because it has computer and science labs plus more room for the arts and athletics.

"Plus the fact that we are currently spending $15,000 per month for utilities in a building we're not using," said Mike Davis, Wilson County Director of Schools.

The plan would transfer all students in grades six through eight out of three existing schools: Carroll Oakland, Tuckers Crossroads and Southside Elementary.

They would attend the old Lebanon High in the fall of 2013, although the building would not be renovated, according to several county commissioners who toured the school and were surprised the school board would consider moving students back in.

Some parents weren't happy about the idea of their children being moved to the old school.

"I feel if they didn't feel it was the best for the children a year ago, whenever they built the new Lebanon High school, so I don't know why they feel it's ok to move sixth, seventh and eighth graders back in there," said Raenn Perry, a Wilson County mother.

Other parents said it's time to act to address the issue of overcrowded schools.

"Our students need space. Our teachers need space. We need it now," said Elizabeth Dyal, a Wilson County parent.

The school board was surprised so many turned out when they heard about the new plan and voted unanimously to defer discussion until January.

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