Residents of the Old Lystra Road area expressed their concerns at a Monday meeting about potential noise issues from the high school's marching band and increased road usage, problems stemming from traffic caused by teenagers driving to and from school and the proximity of the school's athletic fields.
Joseph Jones, who lives on Mount Carmel Church Road, attended the meeting to demonstrate his opposition to the site.
He said he and many others in the community are retired and settled there for their neighborhood for its peacefulness.
"(It's a) peaceful, quiet area, and all of a sudden it's going to be destroyed," Jones said.
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education approved this site Nov. 24 as its first choice option for the high school, naming one on Rock Haven Road as a backup.
Another site under consideration for the school is located at Eubanks Road and N.C. 86.
Gloria Faley, vice chairwoman of the school board, said the board chose the Old Lystra site because it is on the southern end of the district, near Southern Village.
Predictions show that many students approaching high school age in 2005-08 will be from the south.
"They are two very different sites," she said regarding the Old Lystra and Rock Haven Road sites. "Neither is a perfect site."