Mayor Dean pushes for $20M renovation project at Stratford H.S.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
On Thursday, Mayor Karl Dean made his case for investing in education beginning with the renovation of a Nashville high school.
The mayor is proposing a $20 million renovation of Stratford High School, which was originally built in 1960.
"It is essential that if we are serious about improving public schools, if we are serious about this city remaining competitive and strong, we must continue to invest in education," Dean said.
The 50-year-old school building is in dire need of improvements, including upgrades to heating and air conditioning systems, electrical, lighting and plumbing and replacing single pane windows.
School officials told Nashville's News 2 some classrooms inside the school are unusable due to mildew.
The school also plans to make improvements to the library.
"We are the platform school for central Tennessee, and this should be the top of the line 21st Century library with workstations for students to learn how to work together, collaborating with teachers and what's needed on Skype and across the world," Principal Michael Steel said.
Mayor Dean added that the renovation at the high school is a top priority.
"One of the things we have to do as a city is making sure we're providing a comfortable and safe place for our young people to learn. We need to make this investment to make this building habitable," he said.
The mayor's proposed property tax increase, which passed on a first reading on Tuesday, would help fund Dean's budget which includes $100 million for education.