The Lebanon Special School District Board of Education voted Monday night to approve the plans to purchase 60 acres located behind one of the district’s existing elementary schools.
According to LSSD Board Chairman Steve Jones, the district approved the purchase of the property for $1.8 million dollars. He expects to close on the property by year end.
“We have been working on this for quite some time and are excited about planning for our future growth,” Jones said who has served on the board of the special school district for over 22 years.
Jones said the district expects growth in the coming years and a plan is in place to handle the growth and that the purchase of this property is a step in the right direction.
“We paid a fair amount for the property and hopefully will break ground in the spring on a new school for the district,” Jones added.
The property will be accessed through a right-a-way easement running beside College Hills Church of Christ fronting Leeville Pike. There is also some road frontage near the creek side of Byars-Dowdy Elementary school on Hickory Ridge Road.
Sharon Roberts, LSSD Director of Schools, commented about the board action, “We are excited about the opportunity to build a new school in LSSD. Though our growth has fluctuated somewhat during the last few years, we have seen a steady growth of students and programming needs that have caused us to be at capacity within all of our schools. Building a new school will relieve this enrollment pressure and provide for future growth within our district.”
Randall Hutto, assistant director of schools for the district, said a task force will be formed to study the growth and needs of the district and after careful consideration; a plan will be put in place to build what the school system needs.
Jones went on to say that the architectural firm Katz-Binkley, based out of Mt. Juliet, has been hired to assist the district in the design of the new facility.
Roberts went on to say, “Currently, we are working closely with our architect and construction manager to ensure the feasibility of the land purchase. The location of the land is advantageous for LSSD because it is in direct proximity to Byars-Dowdy Elementary School.”