Lebanon School Leaders Hope to Build New Middle School

By Lindsay Clein , Daniel Shedd | dshedd@kolr10.com

Published 03/06 2014 09:38PM

Updated 03/06 2014 10:16PM

LEBANON, Mo. --  School leaders in Lebanon hope to build a new middle school.

The district is proposing a ballot initiative for voter approval this April.

It would cost up to $32.5 million to build the proposed middle school.  If the bond issue passes, for a $100,000 home, a homeowner would be paying an additional $5.86 a month.

"The junior high has served our community for over 90 years," says Lebanon Schools Superintendent Brad Armstrong.

Which is just one of the many reasons school district staff feel the need for a new and improved middle school.

"We have water leaks, we have wiring issues, heating and cooling problems," says Armstrong.  "Much of the winter, we had classrooms without heat."

There are currently 1,000 students enrolled in 6-8 grades.  The new middle school would open classroom space for 1,200 students, with opportunity for growth.

"It's really not a capacity issue, it's a quality issue," says Armstrong.  "The safety and security and just educational environment does not meet current standards as far as electricity and technology, and size of classrooms.  We really believe this is a need, it's not a want in our community.  It's been a need for a long time."

"There's no hot water," says 8th Grader Cole McBride.  "There's only one bathroom for 600 students, which is not enough, because in between classes it's so crowded."

"They'll have a better place to learn," says 8th Grader Savannah Staver.  "A much neater place."

Parents agree.

"I do believe we owe it to our kids to provide a better facility than what we have here," says Shellie Weaver.  "I went to Junior High here, my parents went to high school here.  Thirty plus years ago, when I was in this building, we needed a new school-- it was crumbling then."

School district staff say they just want what's best for their students.

"We hope the community will agree with that," says Armstrong.  "And support our bond issue."

If the bond issue does pass, the school would open in August of 2016.  The 45 acre land has already been purchased.

Those interested in more information can go to the Junior High for a tour of the current building and to see architectural illustrations and preliminary floor plans for the new proposed school on March 20 and April 3.

You can visit the school district's website for more information by clicking here.


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