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Residents Petition Against Proposed Site For New Metro Schools

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

ANTIOCH, Tenn.- Antioch residents are banding together to oppose new schools Metro hopes to build in their neighborhood.

"There is actually a proposal to build two schools here," said Sherri Ethridge who lives in the Kensington subdivision. "We're all coming together to make sure people like you know."

Metro's proposal to build an elementary and eventually a middle school along Smith Springs Road, just a stone's throw from her house, has Ethridge mobilizing the community in opposition.

The schools are needed to relieve overcrowding in the Antioch/ Priest Lake area, one of the fastest growing in Davidson County.

"It's a good flat suitable piece of land right in the middle of where we need more elementary seats," Metro Schools Communication Specialist Joseph Bass said.

"I think for parents and for the children that go there, it would be a good quiet safe area," resident Karen Priest said. "What it would add is less (of a) commute…and add to this community."

Residents said their biggest concern is safety. Smith Springs Road is only two lanes. It doesn't have sidewalks for students who may have to walk to school. Residents are also concerned about traffic congestion.

"If something should happen down here," another resident said, "if we should have some traffic accident or something like that it would be impossible to get an ambulance, emergency vehicles down here in a timely manner."

"The impact on traffic would not be that significant," Bass responded. "One of the reasons for that is that part of the plan for building a new school we would widen Smith Springs road and add turn lanes by entrances."

Residents opposing the project already have 200 signatures on their petition and plan to get more. 

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