The operator of Nashville’s Smithson Craighead Academy has agreed in principle to purchase the Metro Christian Academy building in Madison, with plans to moves its charter middle school there by next year.
Project Reflect, a non-denominational Christian organization that oversees Smithson Craighead’s primary and middle schools, agreed over the weekend to purchase the Neely’s Bend Road building owned by Metro Baptist Church. Finalizing the transaction isn’t expected until June.
“We want to move to Madison and expand our middle school program,” said Sister Sandra Smithson, Project Reflect’s director and founder of Nashville’s first charter school. “We will be able to register to the capacity of people who are trying to get in. We needed more space for that. Right now, we don’t even have enough space to register the kids we’ve already approved.”
Smithson declined to reveal the building’s purchasing price.
Smithson Craighead’s primary school on Brick Church Pike is set to remain at its existing location, Smithson said. The school plans to move from its current middle school building, also on Brick Church Pike, to the new Madison facility in time for next school year. In addition, Project Reflect plans to bring other services such as its In Full Motion to its new Madison building.
“I’m excited about the move to Madison for a variety of reasons,” Smithson said. “One, there are no charter schools in Madison. That will give Madison-area parents greater choice in education there.”
Metro Christian Academy, a private Christian school operated by Metro Baptist Church, is set to move elsewhere.
Dewayne Coleman, business manager of Metro Baptist Church, could not immediately be reached for comment.
The Metro Christian Academy building had also drawn interest from the Salvation Army, whose Nashville headquarters flooded last May. The Salvation Army had an agreement to purchase the building, but some Madison neighbors had opposed it being used by the Salvation Army.