The Lebanon School District is moving closer to constructing a brand new middle school on some of the open land they have behind the high school.
Monday night, the board voted unanimously to approve a resolution setting the maximum project cost for their new building at just under $57.3-million and a maximum construction cost of $49.4-million.
Superintendent Dr. Arthur Abrom reminded board members that although they were authorizing the price tag for the project, the construction will be paid in cash:
The school board also authorized an in-person public hearing to be held on Monday, March 21 at 6:00pm in the Lebanon High School auditorium to discuss the project.
The city school district has been dealing with the woes of overcrowding and an aging facility at the current middle school on North 8th Street for decades.
The new construction would allow the district to use the current middle school as an intermediate elementary building for 5th and 6th graders, while 7th and 8th graders will be sent to the new middle school building.
The goal is to relieve some of the overcrowding projected at the district’s five elementary schools in the coming years.