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LSSD steps closer to additional school

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By CONNIE ESHThe Wilson Post

Lebanon Special School District took the first step toward adding a new school to the system at its regular board meeting Monday.

The board passed a resolution asking Assistant Director of Schools Randall Hutto to “locate and negotiate” for a piece of property suitable for a new school.

Board Member Andy Brummett suggested that although old guidelines for the amount of property required to build a school are no longer in force, the guidelines still work.

“The old formula was 16 acres plus one acre for each 100 students,” he said. “So if we’re looking at a school to house 1,000 students we’d need about 26 acres.”

Brummett then said if Hutto located a suitable piece of land he could request a special called meeting to get approval to purchase the land.

Hutto said the system is not currently considering adding a high school but is planning for growth.

“We’ve always tried to stay ahead of the game where growth is concerned,” he said. “We have several new subdivisions popping up in our district.”

He noted that LSSD is not growing as fast as the county system, but in a couple of years the system expects to need another school.

He said the plan is to build a school with a capacity for about 600 students but with space to add a wing or two so it could house up to 1,000 students. Each of LSSD’s five current schools have about 600 to 650 students each, Hutto said.

He also said LSSD plans for theater and art areas, science and computer labs as well as regular classrooms.

The board also heard about future plans for improving the student learning process in the schools and for summer programs to help students who may need extra help.

The programs will include classes to help students with math and reading skills as well as some transition programs for students entering kindergarten and transferring from the three elementary schools to Castle Heights Upper Elementary and from CHUE to Walter J. Baird Middle School.

Middle Tennessee State University will be sponsoring a writing camp in June for fourth through eighth graders.

For more information about all of the summer programs, parents can look on the LSSD website at www.lssd.org.

Staff Writer Connie Esh may be contacted at cewrites@wilsonpost.com.

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