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Use common sense, save money refurbishing existing Lebanon High

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To the Editor:

I have stood quietly by for a long time now on issues regarding the new Lebanon High School. I believe that it is now time for my voice to be heard on this issue.

I have not yet heard anyone mention the idea of upgrading the existing Lebanon High School to 21st century standards. It is always about building a new Lebanon High on new land, with a new stadium, etc.

Couldn’t an upgrade to the existing school be done for a fraction of the money that is to be used in building the new one?

I am a graduate of Lebanon High School. I attended LHS from 1972-1976. When I was a freshman in ’72, the school was in the middle of major renovations. We had no lunch room, therefore we had to bring sack lunches to school every day and eat it during our fourth period class. There about 100 freshmen who had to be bused to the old Wilson County High School (The Annex) in the morning, and the same number in the afternoon for three periods every school day. We got by just fine with all that commotion.

The same common sense will still work today if we have the will to do so.

If I was $12.5 million in debt, I wouldn’t be in such a hurry to go another $48 million in debt. It reminds me of a child who whines “So-and-so has a new one, so I want one, too!”

This is the new millennium, where debt is dumb, cash is king and the paid off home mortgage (or retired municipal bond) has taken the place of the BMW as the status symbol of choice.

If the school board and the county commission would take a common sense approach to this issue, then perhaps one day when Channel 4 comes to Lebanon High School for being a “Cool School” and they ask “What’s cool about Lebanon High School?” the principal can proclaim most proudly, “Our school is paid for. How about everyone else?”

Phil Thompson
Lebanon

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