Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register took Mayor Karl Dean and other city and district officials on a tour of a few of the schools in Southeast Davidson County that would receive much needed renovations and expansions under the $100 million capital improvement plan for MNPS.
The first stop was Oliver Middle School, just eight years old but already 100 students over capacity and in need of more classrooms. The plan for Oliver is to add 12 classrooms to replace its seven portables currently housing sixth grade classes, art, chorus, and Encore.
The story was the same at nearby A.Z. Kelley Elementary: built in 2006, Kelley is 100 students over capacity and in need of ten new classrooms. Parents present at the tour told reporters they support the Mayor’s plan to for a property tax adjustment in order to pay for expansions at this school and others. The Cane Ridge and Antioch areas are among the fastest growing in the county, and schools need to expand along with the population.
While at A.Z. Kelley, Mayor Dean and Dr. Register joined students for lunch in the cafeteria.
The tour then took them to Antioch Middle School. Antioch is in dire need of improvements and renovations. The HVAC, lighting, electrical, and plumbing systems all need major upgrades. Many of the windows are original to the building – from 1948 – and are drafty and crumbling at the edges. The school also needs new flooring in many areas, a new roof, adjustments to ceiling height, and a litany of other repairs and upgrades.
The last stop was Norman Binkley Elementary, where teachers have named a section of the campus “Portable City” because of the 11 portables that house the entire fourth grade class, art and music. The main building at Norman Binkley is also in need of repairs, including replacing the original steam radiators used for heat.
These four schools are among the ten schools that would receive significant capital investment under the Mayor’s budget proposal. The plan also includes money to purchase land for new elementary and middle schools in Southeast Nashville.
How are capital projects chosen and prioritized?
In order to see this plan pass, the Metro Council must pass the budget and an adjustment to the county’s property tax. To voice your opinion on this issue, contact your Council Member.
Below is a detailed list and cost of the projects planned for these four schools.
Henry Oliver Middle School
6211 Nolensville Road, Nashville
Original Construction: 2004 (expansion needed due to growth in zone)
Enrollment: 804 Capacity: 707
Grades Served: 5-8
- This project includes new construction for an additional 12 classrooms and minor revisions to the existing building at the location of the addition.
- Oliver Middle has seven portables, which house sixth-grade classrooms, Arts classes, the Chorus program, and the high-academic program called Encore.
A.Z. Kelley Elementary School
5834 Pettus Road, Antioch
Original Construction: 2006 (expansion needed due to growth in zone)
Enrollment: 561 Capacity: 665
Grades Served: PK-4
- This project includes new construction for an additional 10 classrooms and minor revisions to the existing building at the location of the addition.
- A.Z. Kelley Elementary has four portables. In past years, it has had as many as 10, and due to growth in zone, will likely need additional portables next year.
Antioch Middle School
5050 Blue Hole Road, Antioch
Oldest remaining construction: 1948; additions 1950, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1963, 1969, 1972; renovation 1999
Grades Served: 5-8
- Antioch Middle has six portables.
- Renovation of Antioch Middle would include
- new finishes – paint, ceilings, floorings
- major upgrade to HVAC and improvements to electrical, lighting and plumbing systems
- replace exterior windows
- new entry vestibule at main entrance
- revised kitchen area
- revised administrative area
- repair or replace roof
- modify drive to separate car and bus traffic
- comply with ADA, current building codes and LEED
Norman Binkley Elementary School
4700 West Longdale Drive, Nashville
Original Construction: 1960; additions 1961, 1963; 2007
Enrollment: 475 Capacity: 356
Grades Served: PK-4
- Norman Binkley Elementary currently has 11 portables, which house the fourth grade class, Art, and Music
- Renovation to Norman Binkley Elementary would include:
- New construction to provide for improved art, music, library, and kitchen spaces
- New construction to provide for improved administrative spaces
- New finishes, paint, ceilings, flooring
- Major upgrade to HVAC (replace original steam radiators) and improvements to electrical, lighting and plumbing systems.
- Replace exterior windows
- New entry vestibule at main entrance
- Site lighting upgrades.
- Comply with ADA (repair or replace chair lift), current building codes and LEED.