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Parents dispute plan to convert Lebanon High to middle school

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LEBANON, TN (WSMV) -

The future of an abandoned high school remains a hot topic for debate, as county leaders are considering turning the old, empty Lebanon High School into a middle school.

Hundreds of parents and community members came to discuss the issue at a meeting Tuesday, and at times their emotions boiled over.

The decision whether to turn the empty building into a middle school is controversial for two reasons. The facility needs a lot of work, and it would be a drastic change from what the district has now - a K-8 school system.

"You can slap as much paint on it as you want, but the community still won't support this as a middle school," said parent Jim Williams.

Among the extensive repairs needed include mold and pest problems, and one parent questioned whether school leaders know the true cost.

"You will have cost and a lot more cost involved," said parent Angela Buckner.

One parent even implied there are hidden motives for board members who seem to want to go ahead with the plan no matter what the public thinks.

The school board hoped to make a decision on the future of Lebanon High School next month, but it may take longer because they are still trying to determine how much work the building needs and what it will cost to bring it up to code.

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