MNPS looks at reopening Waverly Belmont near 12South

Monday, January 7, 2013 at 12:02am

To make up for the swelling student population in public schools, district officials want to operate a school in the building once home to Waverly Belmont Junior High School and kick-start construction work to open and expand other schools across the district.

Metro Nashville Public School’s plan before the school board Tuesday calls for spending $8.5 million to renovate, add to and reopen the school to house about 600 students in lower grade levels.

“We are looking at it as a possible elementary school option to address growth we’re seeing in the 12South area,” said Olivia Brown, an MNPS spokeswoman. Closed as a school building in the 1970s, the structure is currently used as a hub for the information technology department, according to Brown.

Total construction and expansions school officials want to embark on next school year are expected to ultimately make room for an additional 3,000 students as part of the district’s $159 million capital improvement plan.

The school board expects to vote Tuesday to send its wish list of 36 total projects to the Metro City Council.

The district’s plans call for tearing down and replacing two district schools: Goodlettsville Middle for $20.1 million and Tusculum Elementary for $16.3 million.

For $16.9 million, MNPS officials would also like to build a new Antioch Cluster Elementary School to take on some 800 students while they pursue $17 million worth of renovations at Hume-Fogg Magnet High School.

The four projects plus reopening Waverly Belmont alone account for nearly half of the district’s full capital funding request for the 2013-2014 school year.

Other projects on the district’s hopeful construction list include projects like district-wide upgrades to energy systems, handicap accessibility, heating and air conditioning systems, and technology.

If approved by the school board, the proposal will advance to the city council, which is charged with doling out tax dollars. The list is generally considered a starting point for the city council to revise during city budget negotiations. Mayor Karl Dean began pitching some of his own ideas for capital improvements in the city last week.

9 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 1/7/13 at 1:04

The public school population is "swelling"? If that is true then that means the 47% is still sexually active.

I would imagine the Edgehill projects would be zoned to Waverly-Belmont? Then again there is talk that they will be bused to Julia Green with the kids from Sylvan Patk and J.C.Napier being bused to Waverly Belmont.

By: kenwinter on 1/7/13 at 10:58

An elementary school in the original Waverly Belmont neighborhood would be a major contribution to re-establishing the "whole neighborhood" ideal of our early and mid-20th Century past. The 1913 Clemons Elementary School on 12th Av So and the 1935 Waverly Belmont Middle School on 10th Av So were cultural anchors of their "walkable" community eras. Today's overlapping neighborhoods - Sunnyside, 12th South and Belmont Hillsboro - would realize dramatic increases in social interaction and family cohesion if we can unite to pull this off.

By: REJohnson99 on 1/7/13 at 12:01

I was "bussed" to Waverly Belmont back in the early 70's. It was a great old building filled with memories. I wonder if the little marker beside the school is still open?

By: ebacon287 on 1/7/13 at 1:22

It is a good thing to meet people who are different than you, Rasputin72. Come on. I went to Hillsboro high school, and they bused in kids from many different neighborhoods. I wouldn't exchange my experience at Hillsboro for anything.

I couldn't agree more with Ken! It would be a dream for me...a former public school graduate. Living in the area and being able to walk my children to school would be ideal. I feel like it would bring more families back to metro schools!

By: Rasputin72 on 1/7/13 at 2:42

ebacon287.......If you think this is going to be a neighborhood school you could not be more incorrect. The NAACP is not going to allow another Julia Green to exist.

Now if you want your children to meet children from the Edgehill projects that is your business. I am a strong proponent of neighborhood schools but Davidson County REQUIRES that you send your children to private school/

63% of the Davidson County school children are on the free lunch free breakfast program and already are street saavy.

By: ebacon287 on 1/7/13 at 5:07

wow. not wasting my time with you.

By: pswindle on 1/7/13 at 10:17

Metro is much better than than some will accept. They have so much to offer the students. From shop to music to every kind of interest that the student would have. Some of the greatest teachers are right here in Metro. The problem is student discipline and getting parents involved.

By: Left-of-Local on 1/8/13 at 10:25

Wouldn't want Rasputin to lower himself to noticing that there are other people from other walks of life on the planet. Myopia and xenophobia are bliss. Flipside, swindle nailed it.

Parents need to take my approach. Make the same demands and take the same ownership of the schools as you would if you were a private school parent - after all you ARE paying for it.

By: Rasputin72 on 1/9/13 at 2:46

Left-of-Local........Very admirable! I think you should tske the lead in "seizing" ownership of the Davidson county public schools. I will be cheering you on as I fork out the dough to send my grandchildren to private school.

If you want a public school education move to Williamson county or Wilson county maybe Sumner county. I have seen the demographics in Davidson county. You are going to have your work really cutout for you.

Good Luck!