In our Nashville 2019 project, News 2 is following the consequences of Nashville’s growth and its impact on surrounding communities.
One of those impacts is overcrowded schools.
On Tuesday night, the Sumner County School Board approved a plan that could shift students up to four times, in four years.
Before board members voted, parents of the “Stop Stage 1” group took to the podium, to express final concerns.
Kevin Stewart, a member of the group, addressed board members saying, “Why did you bother to drag this out four months if you’re not going to listen to us? ”
The group told News 2 that they’ve been working for the past four months, hoping to convince the Board to vote against the plan.
The plan was created to address overcrowding while new schools are built. Some parents say the plan isn’t back by data, and unfairly shuffles students throughout the district.
“It is very concerning to me that records regarding such important decisions are not available to the public,” said Dana Smith, during the meeting.
Stewart spoke to News 2, explaining how the plan will impact his child.
“My fourth grader, my current fourth grader, will attend four different schools in four different years.”
“Stop Stage 1” had gathered a petition of over a thousand signatures to present at tonight’s meeting. Still, the Board voted unanimously to approve.
“They don’t seem to be serving the children of this community, they seem to be serving someone or something else,” said Stewart, of the final vote.
At Tuesday night’s meeting, a grandfather clause for special needs students – impacted by the rezoning, was rejected.
Superintendent, Dr. Del Phillips, declined to comment on Stage 1 vote.