Lebanon High School has Mold, Cockroaches-Needs New School
Lebanon High School is home to the Blue Devils, but the schools real mascot should be a cockroach since there is so many running around.
From mold on the ceiling tiles to old rusty pipes that are leaking and a manhole in middle of the school where cockroaches like to hang out. It is evident that the school is over 55 years old.
There are cockroaches that roam the hallways and classrooms as big as your baby finger. Some students have had seen them crawling up their leg. There is a swer line that goes right through the middle of the school where nats like to come up out of. The computer lab isn't even safe because of the surge protectors under the computer where students put their feet.
One parent, who was against building a new school said "do whatever it takes to get a new Lebanon High School" after walking through the building.
Lebanon High School is overpopulated. It currently has about 1,700 students, with a capactity of 1,200 students. Students can't even walk in the hall with out being hit or being pushed against the wall since it is so overcrowded in the hallways.
Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead graduated from Lebanon High School, but when he went back to see the condition of the school he started to feel sick.
"I could smell and feel the mold," he said. "It started, you know, I started getting a headache pretty quick." said Craighead.
Parents have been wanting a new high school for years. The problem is that the Wilson County commision won't approve a a $25 wheel tax that would build the new high school. One reason that the commision won't approve it is because they have an upcoming election.
Recently from the start of the 2008-2009 school year, Mt. Juliet got a brand new high school, with brand new everything from computers to HD televisions. Lebanon High School was in worse condition and was supposed to get a new school first, but Mt. Juliet got it because of the rapid growth in population. Parents are saying one reason in population growth is that everyone is moving to Mt. Juliet to get away from the old Lebanon High School.
The land for the new high shcool has already been bought and the design plans have already been made. The estimate to build the new high school is over $40 million.
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