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County, district breaks ground on Central Office project

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The former Lebanon High School building at 415 Harding Drive is about the be revitalized.

A groundbreaking was held on Monday morning at the location to celebrate its latest purpose - housing the Wilson County School System.

Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright said the project will put all departments under one roof. The renovation will cost an estimated $20 million and was recently approved by the Wilson County Commission.

"This is a week of Thanksgiving and a long-awaited moment. We will be able to bring everything under one roof. One entity," Wright explained. "(Currently) we are somewhat scattered across the county in different buildings."

She said that having one location - equipped with an auditorium and space for training - will allow them to host meetings and more.

"It will be a community asset, looking at meetings," she added. "This again, more or less, consolidates what we offer and what we do as far as a school system."

Wright was joined at the groundbreaking by Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto and members of the County Commission and Board of Education.

Hutto said the renovation of the LHS building will "revitalize this side of town."

He expressed his gratitude to the Wilson County Commission and Board of Education for working together to make the goal a reality.

"It took us a while to get here, but we made it. Along with the other renovations at the other schools. This is just another piece of the puzzle and we are happy to see it come to fruition," said Board Chairman Larry Tomlinson.

Adult High School Principal Mary Ashby said she too was "thankful."

"We too are equally ecstatic," she said. "This is a place I called home for 33 years, and its surreal that I'll be coming back. We are thankful to the County Commission and Board of Education and to everyone who had this vision."

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