by Emily Luxen
NASHVILLE, TN – Parents had a chance to learn about Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools’ plan to alleviate overcrowding issues in the Antioch Cluster.
At a meeting at Lakeview Elementary Design Center, parents had a chance to ask questions about zoning for the new school and see the district’s plans.
The new elementary school will be located on Smith Springs Road. It is designed with a capacity of 800 students and will alleviate overcrowding in nearby Thomas Edison Elementary School and Lakeview Elementary Design Center.
Thomas Edison and Lakeview have a total of 23 portable classrooms, and teachers said they are running out of space.
“It is difficult because we have so many children,” said Janet Malone, an art teacher at Lakeview Elementary Design Center. “With fewer students in the building, it will be easier to teach them and help them with their needs.”
MNPS officials said while some neighbors have expressed concerns about traffic and safety at the new school, the feedback from parents has been largely positive.
“Certainly people don’t want to be in portables,” said Meredith Libbey, a MNPS Spokesperson. “This is a real positive. We are grateful to Mayor Dean and Metro Council for giving us the money to move forward with this school.”
Metro School Board members will vote on the zoning changes at their meeting on July 8.
A groundbreaking for the new elementary school will be July 23, and it is scheduled to be open for the 2015-16 school year.
For more information on the plans for the Antioch Cluster visit: http://www.mnps.org/Page115770.aspx