Davidson County needs more schools, and Metro Nashville Public Schools leaders have a pricey plan to add them.
The Metro school board voted Tuesday to spend $159 million on capital improvements that will include tearing down and replacing Goodlettsville Middle School and Tusculum Elementary, building a new elementary school in Antioch and renovating the historic Hume-Fogg Magnet High School.
The district also plans to turn the old Waverly-Belmont School into an elementary school. The school was closed in the 1970s, and the district has since used it for office space.
"The building has been here forever. It's a really old beautiful building made out of really great materials. It's got great skeleton structure. The floors are in good shape. It's one of those buildings where they used good materials from the start, and they lasted forever and will last for a long time," said Joe Bass, with Metro Schools.
The plan is to teach 600 students in lower grade levels at the facility on 10th Avenue South.
Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register said the structure's age doesn't present any dangers to students. He said things like lead paint have already been taken care of before the building became district offices, and things like asbestos will be removed during renovations.
None of this will happen right away, as the capital improvement plan is expected to stretch over the next six years.
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