School board gives run-down building to Metro

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 1:12am

Highland Heights, the old East Nashville school building that houses the charter school KIPP Academy, now belongs to Metro government.

The school board voted last night to transfer the property rights of the building from Metro Nashville Public Schools to Metro government, signaling the first move in Mayor Karl Dean’s long-term plan to renovate the rundown structure.

Part of the old Highland Heights building on Douglas Avenue is occupied by KIPP Academy, a middle charter school. Dean has said would like to pump money into the building to restore the facility as an East Nashville neighborhood center, equipped with gyms, a library, after-school programs, trails and other community-minded offerings.

The idea, Dean has made clear, would be to keep KIPP Academy operating on one side, with the neighborhood and school complementing each other.

According to Director of Schools Jesse Register, the building is in need of $10 million to $12 million in repairs.

Dean has postponed introducing this year’s capital-spending budget in light of May’s flood.

It’s still unclear which capital spending projects will be prioritized this year, and whether the Highland Heights renovations is part of the mayor’s immediate plans.


5 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 7/14/10 at 3:09

The scool/school board should not own any buildings as if it was a seperate entity.

All buildings that city agencys own should be owned by Metro.

Such ownership by agencies could set up a situation where an agency could mount a legal challenge against Meto, in otherwords taxpayer sueing themselves which would be a lose/lose situation.

The educational system is taxpayer supported and they have no money of their own therefore not entitled to any property rights.

They have no right to "give" us anything we already own.

By: govskeptic on 7/14/10 at 4:17

Well said idgaf, your comment is exactly right!

By: house_of_pain on 7/14/10 at 5:05

How much revenue will this "community center" generate?

By: budlight on 7/14/10 at 6:43

it will be FREE to the participants, is my guess. BUT I'm just guessing. A good way to gauge that is to look into other "community centers" to see what income they are generating.

Good question house.

Good comments idgaf.

By: pswindle on 7/14/10 at 12:23

Pleases don't repost anything that Register says. He has already ruined many lives in Metero. I'm all for the new center, but leave Register out of it.