LEBANON, Tenn. – Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Thursday afternoon for the long-awaited construction of a new Lebanon High School.
The current Lebanon High School is more than 50 years old and has had problems with large cracks in the walls and overcrowding.
Freshman Maeghan Hadfield told News 2, "I'm in the marching band and we have a horrible bug problem in that room. It's disgusting. I'm really excited for the new one."
The new complex will be built on a site located off South Hartman Drive adjacent to Hickory Ridge Road.
Sue Denney's children will attend the new school.
She told News 2, "My children are in the special education department and it's so important that we have facilities to meet their needs."
Director of Schools Mike Davis said the new facility will do just that
"This building will meet all the codes ADA codes, codes for special needs students... some kids are in wheelchairs and need special assistance," he said.
Members of the Wilson County Board of Education, county commissioners as well as current Lebanon High School students attended Thursday's 4 p.m. ceremony.
Nashville-based R.G. Anderson Company was awarded a contract worth more than $38 million to build the school, which is scheduled to open in time for the 2012-2013 school year.