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School board approves more secured vestibules

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Several upcoming projects were discussed and approved by the board, including the installation of secured vestibules at W.A. Wright Elementary and Southside Elementary. Davis recommended that these additions be made under the R.G. Anderson Company contract in the amount of $44,396.75 and completed during the winter break.

A motion was made by Zone 4 Board Member Ron Britt, who said, I dont think we can avoid that or fail to do that. The motion was seconded by Wayne McNeese.

Davis explained that the secured vestibule at W.A. Wright will be similar to the L-shape design at Mt. Juliet Middle School and that Southsides will be similar to Lakeview Elementary with two glass panels. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote by the board.

Secured vestibules are essentially an enclosed area with glass inside the front doors of schools that require visitors to go to the main office first before entering the rest of the facility.

The board also voted:

To approve a fundraiser for Wilson Central High School for a Jumbo-Tron for the gymnasium. They are keeping up with the Joneses I mean Lebanon High School, Davis joked with WCHS Principal Pat Suddarth, who was in attendance.
To approve Safe Schools Grant for the 2012-2013 School Year, passed with a motion by Britt and a second by Zone 1 Board Member Wayne McNeese.
To approve the use of two school buses by the Boy Scouts of America Boxwell Reservation for winter camp and summer camp for the 2012-2013 school year. The buses are used to transport scouts to the different merit badge classes on the reservation, with drivers from the Wilson County School System.

Members of the Student Board each took turns at the microphone to give updates on the happenings at the county schools.

Lebanon Highs Kaylyn Gannaway said that a canned food drive has collected 7,000 cans in two weeks. We are hoping to get that number to 30,000 to go to the Wilson County Help Center.

Jessie Nanto of Mt. Juliet High School said that through a magazine fundraiser, the school has raised $46,000 this year. A third of that was donations, she said.

Abigail Armistead of Watertown High School told the board that the groundbreaking for the new high school was held Wednesday, Sept. 19. We are excited for the new Watertown High School and to see Watertown grow, she said. Armistead also said that her school was very proud of their currently undefeated football team this season.

The school boards next meeting will be at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett can be contacted at

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