Tech center gets green light


By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post

Joint Economic & Community Development Board Executive Director G.C. Hixson called the Wilson County School Boards decision to enter into an agreement with the Tennessee Board of Regents to create a career technical center a step in the right direction.

The board approved an agreement, subject to stipulations, on Monday night, said Chairman Don Weathers.

One of the conditions was to assume the responsibility for the students on that campus and also to meet a certain amount of curriculum requirements and assume responsibility for our building, he said of the TBR using the former Lebanon High School vocational facility.

Hixson said that the TBR anticipates spending $1 million on facility renovations in their first year with additional funding in the future. The board approved it with stipulations. The next meeting is in June. I think our County Attorney Mike Jennings will be charged with the status of those stipulations, he said. Hopefully by the next board meeting those concerns can be worked out.

Hixson, along with County Mayor Randall Hutto, believes that having a career technical center would be a plus in the Wilson County community. It gives a greater use for the facility over there, Hixson said.

Mayor Hutto added, I think it kind of completes us here in Wilson County because we have Cumberland University, we have jobs for people who dont want to go the post-secondary education route and this would give people that are in between an option.

I think it is a tremendous plus for our county and our citizens here that want to learn a skill that they can get from that particular facility. It is a great thing for business folks, too, Hutto said. They can go and say, We need welders or electricians or somebody who can work on computers- and send folks to that corporation. I am thankful that the TBR and the Board of Education are working together.