Reported By Heather Jensen, Reporter - bio | email
LEBANON, Tenn. -
A new high school in Lebanon is creating major traffic problems and delays for parents as they drop off and pick up their children each day.
Parent Diane Anderson is one of many who are unhappy with the traffic situation near Lebanon High School.
She told Nashville's News 2 she was in line on Monday, less than a block from the school, to drop her son off at 7:29 a.m., however due to traffic she did not reach the student drop off area until 7:50 a.m., which is when classes start.
"The problem is, one way in and one way out is no real way to get traffic of 1,700 students in [school] in a timely manner," she said.
On Monday, the working mother of two said she received a phone call and email alerting her tardiness would no longer be tolerated due to traffic woes.
"All students who do not ride the bus will be counted as late," Anderson said.
School officials said engineers are working on improving the problem and are asking for both students and parents to remain patient through the process.
When asked about a second entrance located at the rear of the school on Hickory Ridge Road, Lebanon police told Nashville's News 2 it is not an option to help with traffic.
"During the planning process, it was decided that would be used for emergency purposes only," explained Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen.
Anderson said while the school is asking for patience while improving the problem, she wants school officials to be patient as she and other parents try to get their children to school on time.
"Maybe get the parents together with school officials to see what's going to alleviate the problem, what's going to fix this, because right now, what they're doing is not working," she said.
Officials said they believe bus rider ship has decreased this school year, which is adding to the congestion near the school.
Nashville's News 2 attempted to contact the Director of Safety for the new state-of-the-art school, however the calls were not returned.