NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After years of discussion and controversy, groundbreaking was held Wednesday morning for a new elementary school in the Antioch area.
A few protesters were on hand at the celebration at the property on Smith Springs Road.
The unnamed school had been the source of controversy as neighbors and parents voiced concerns. Late last year, dozens of residents who live near the proposed site spoke out against the plans, saying the roads were unsafe for students.
Earlier this month, the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Education unanimously approved a new rezoning plan that cleared the way for the school to be built.
The school has been designed with a capacity of 800 students in Pre-K through 4th grade. The new building is designed to help alleviate overcrowding at nearby Thomas Edison Elementary school and Lakeview Elementary Design Center.
The board also approved bus transportation for any students who need it.
The school will have an association with YMCA¹s Camp Widjiwagan and a Green theme to reflect the ecology of the area, walking trails and an outdoor classroom. The space will also include collaborative classrooms and an interactive weather station for students to monitor the weather conditions and how it relates to their learning.
It is scheduled to open for the 2015-2016 school year.
For more information on the plans for the Antioch Cluster visit: http://www.mnps.org/Page115770.aspx.