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Lebanon High School traffic causes headaches for many

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School has just started, but parents and students in Wilson County say they are having a hard time just getting to school because of a traffic plan many say wasn't thought out very well.

At Lebanon High School, the problems begin when school ends.

"So far, they haven't figured it out," said parent Thomas McCrimmon.

While McCrimmon waits to pick up his daughter, he gets a first-row seat to the traffic issues at the high school, where there is a full parking lot of students' cars, buses and other parents waiting to collect their children.

School leaders readily admit there are too many cars at the high school and only one exit.

"The afternoon is a challenge. We have all of the students wanting to leave that campus at the same time, plus all of the parents who are picking their children up, plus all of our buses," said Wilson Schools Director Dr. Timothy Setterlund.

Last week, they tried a plan to alleviate the problem, but it took almost an hour to clear the traffic from campus after school and made many people pretty unhappy.

Now, they are started a new plan that so far seems to be working much better.

"This is great. We cleared all of the students who wanted to get off this campus in 11 minutes, and then we got our buses out right behind them. Then we have parents moving pretty well," Setterlund said.

There is a back gate to the school, but the district is trying to honor an agreement to only use that in emergencies.

However, they say there is something parents and students could do to help.

"Ride the bus - they are rolling on time - or carpool. I think any way we can reduce the number of vehicles entering and exiting that campus, the better off we will all be," Setterlund said.

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