LEBANON, Tenn. - For years, Wilson County leaders have tried to get a new Lebanon High School built along Hartmann Drive.
County Commissioner Annette Stafford has fought for the new building and said the 56-year-old Lebanon High School building on Harding Drive is showing its age and needs to be replaced.
"There are cockroaches out there as long as your baby finger," she said. "Running down through the center of the school is a sewer line that nats come up through."
Stafford said the computer lab is not safe because of all the surge protectors under the computers where students put their feet.
"It is kind of bad in there and I would recommend any parent that doesn't believe what we are talking about to come over here and ask for a tour to let them actually see show them for themselves what is going on," said Stafford.
She said one parent, who was against building a new school, told her "do whatever it takes to get a new Lebanon High School" after walking through the building.
The Wilson County School Board already owns property on Hartman Lane and has design plans for the new high school.
The only thing needed is for the Wilson County Commission to fund a new school building.
"The county commissioners tell me they don't think now is the time to do a wheel tax but when I look at Rutherford County, the residents in Rutherford County don't mind, whatever it takes to educate their children," said Stafford.
She said one way or the other, county residents will have to pay for education.
"My opinion is we are going to educate them one way, we can either educate them by building our schools or we are going to educate them by putting them in jail and I would much, much rather it be in high school," Stafford said.
Wilson County raised its property tax by 20 cents last October.
A majority of County Commissioners said they do not want to raise taxes again to pay for the new school building.