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Metro School Needing Repairs 44th On List For Upgrades

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Martin Luther King Academic Magnet school in Nashville is on deck to receive some upgrades after dealing with water damage, holes in the walls and even mice in the building.

"We were in first period yesterday and there was a dead mouse hanging around," Freshman Emily Tyra said.

"These are the pipes we're talking about," said Principal Dr. Schunn Turner. "And we have holes in the wall that lead to the outside," Dr. Turner pointed out while in the classroom during the tour.

"You see something move real fast on the floor and you wonder what that is and you get shocked," Tyra said. "And the teachers, they have to take time away to say don't worry about it or sometimes the teachers might freak out."

The Parent Teacher Student Association decided to meet with Metro School's Facilities Department.

"We've looked at all of the school as far as mold," Metro leaders said to parents. "There is no mold in this school."

A $9 million renovation has been requested at MLK, but it was scheduled for the 2015-2016 school year.

"Our kids deserve a safe and clean place to be in," PTSA President Shannon Elder said.

"They're talking about doing it by the time I graduate," Tyra said. "By the time I'm a senior. I'm a Freshman now."

The average Metro school is 43 years old. Every couple of years the district assesses each one and ranks its needs by priority. MLK is 44th on this list, meaning this is not in the worst shape.

"I would think it's more a matter of appearance then a matter of hazard," Ken Murdock, Metro Schools Director of Planning and Construction, said.

Metro leaders said they don't believe the building puts students in danger, but teachers and parents said it's bad for morale.

"It's a historic school," Elder said, "and it's falling down."

Maintenance crews said they are working to fix what they can in the short term, which includes painting the school over the summer.

Parents were encouraged to contact their city leaders and urge them to fully fund this year's $159 million capital budget request.

To check out the MNPS Capital Needs Budget Request click here.

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