LEBANON, Tenn.- School doesn't start for several weeks, but Sunday parents and students made a special trip to school.
Lebanon High School celebrated the grand opening of their new building. The $50-million state-of-the-art facility replaces an old school building that the community had been using for more than 60 years. It was a tight squeeze holding 1,700 students in a building that was falling apart.
"We were overcrowded in the facility, and we had issues with portions of the building. Part of the building is in pretty good shape, but there was an old section that presented some problems. It was not conducive to teaching and learning," said Mike Davis, Wilson County Director of Schools.
The cafeteria is now twice as large, and the gym is 25 percent bigger. The new facility will also use some green technology to help with the cost of utilities.
Originally, the old Lebanon High School was going to be turned into a middle school. But the school board has put those plans on hold until next year.