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Nashville board approves closing of 4 schools

May 19, 2020
Underenrolled campuses in the north part of Nashville will be consolidated.

The Metro Nashville School Board has unanimously voted to close four schools in Nashville to cover a budget shortfall.

WSMV-TV reports that the board adopted the closing proposal 9-0. The move is estimated to save around $3.5 million.

The schools that will be closed:

  • Buena Vista Elementary
  • Robert E Lillard Elementary
  • Joelton Middle
  • The Cohn Learning Center
Superintendent Adrienne Battle says the campus closings are part of the district's ReimaginED proposal.

Consolidating the schools will "optimize learning environments and educational outcomes" and bring about greater equity for students, Battle says.

Officials say schools in the north part of Nashville have lost enrollment as more students take advantage of other options, including public schools outside of their attendance zone and charter schools.

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Mike Kennedy, senior editor, has written for AS&U on a wide range of educational issues since 1999.

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