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Community Comes Out To Get Answers About New Antioch Schools

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by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nearly 200 people came out for a community meeting regarding two proposed schools the district wants to build on Smith Springs Road.

The meeting at Priest Lake Community Baptist Church was arranged to answer questions residents have about the plan.

That area of Antioch is one of the fastest growing in Davidson County and is identified in the Metro Nashville Public School's 10 year plan for expansion.

"It is by far the fastest population that we have in the county, and our schools reflect that," said Olivia Brown from Metro Nashville Public Schools.

The district has proposed building an elementary school and middle school on a piece of property on Smith Springs Road, near the YMCA's Camp Widjiwagan.

A good number of people who attended the meeting are not happy with the idea of two new schools at that location.

Concerns of increased traffic seem to be the chief complaint.

"And we're also going to be looking at a large increase of traffic congestion, because the road that its being built on is a dead end road," said concerned resident Michele Waddell.

Not everyone in attendance was against putting the schools on Smith Springs Road. Gale Coleman owns the property chosen by the district.

"It's not like they're going to put apartments, a lot of homes in there, it's a school for kids. Nothing's any sweeter than to hear kids," Coleman said.

Residents had the opportunity to write down questions they had about the project. The school district brought in several experts to answers questions about the project and specifically traffic concerns.

"We do look at traffic, we do look at how traffic cam flow on the school and how traffic in the area will flow. And that has been looked at for these schools and we're hoping to share that information.

Six Metro Council members attended Thursday's meeting. They wanted to hear the feedback from residents in that area.

Metro Council will have the final say in the school site selection. Members can approve or disapprove the purchase of the property.

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