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Other counties building new schools, why not Wilson?

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By CONNIE ESHThe Wilson Post

Although Wilson County commissioners have been saying now is not the time to build a new Lebanon High School because the economy is bad, surrounding counties don’t seem to agree.

And County Mayor Robert Dedman said he thinks the school board should go ahead and bid the project out.

“I think we can get it funded,” he said in an interview Tuesday. “They ought to rebid it so we can see what it’s going to cost. There’s no question we do need a new school.”

Meanwhile in Nashville while they are not building any new schools this summer, they are renovating two, one elementary, and one middle school, said Nashville Schools’ Construction Director Arnold Von Hagan.

And he added the school system has just completed additions on six elementary schools which will be in use this August.

Information obtained from other nearby counties like Rutherford to the south show that officials there have accepted bids for two new middle schools and are planning renovations for two elementary schools.

Williamson County has one new middle school, one new high school, and additions to two high schools and five elementary schools all in the works.

To the north, Sumner County is working on two elementary schools and two middle schools while it plans additions to four of its elementaries.

In all statewide, the information shows at least 32 counties are starting new construction this summer, including 10 new high schools and 10 new middle schools as well as 20 new elementary schools.

Dedman acknowledged that the county would have to increase taxes to build the much needed high school, which has been the sticking point in the past.

“We don’t have the money, but we have to do something,” he said. “It could be a big problem if they shut it (LHS) down.” 

Staff Writer Connie Esh may be contacted at

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