LEBANON, Tenn. – Lebanon High School in Wilson County was built in the 1950's and has had its share of problems.
In addition to the mold, sewage and the roaches, the more than half a century old school is overcrowded.
"We're serving about 200 students in portable classrooms," Mike Davis, director of schools in Wilson County, told News 2.
For years, there has been talk of building a new school, but nothing ever came of it.
Monday night, Wilson County commissioners agreed to build the new school without raising taxes.
"It's definitely needed. It's been needed for a long time," Davis continued.
The new Lebanon High School will cost approximately $50 million to build and will be paid for using bonds and federal dollars. The bonds will be for a period of 22 years.
Delaine Smith has children who attend Lebanon High School and agrees the new building is long overdue.
"I'm very happy for all the future students, I'm very happy for the faculty, I'm very sad that they couldn't have done this five years ago," Smith told News 2.
Davis said the school should take 24 months to build and construction could begin in the next 60 to 90 days.
Smith said if her kids can't benefit from the new school, at least her grandchildren will.
"I do have a six-month-old grandchild, so I guess eventually, she'll go there," she said.
The new school is scheduled to open in time for the 2012-2013 school year.