New website helps families and neighbors keep track of Metro Schools construction projects
School construction and improvement projects are happening all over Nashville, and the community now has a brand new tool to keep track of it all. MNPSConstruction.com launched today as a new website dedicated to sharing information about every major construction project in Metro Schools. It gives taxpayers an open and transparent document of how Metro Schools spends capital funds to improve schools.
The website includes a comprehensive view of all on-going or recently completed projects, including a detailed description, cost and completion date for each one. There will also be regular updates of construction work along with progress photos and renderings of the proposed final design.
“We have been very fortunate in terms of capital funding in recent years, and our team has been very busy building and improving schools,” said Ken Murdock, director of the Facility Planning and Construction Department. “We have a lot of projects underway right now. Nashville residents deserve an easy way to monitor the projects that affect them and see that we are being good stewards of their tax dollars.”
In addition to project information for the general public, MNPSConstruction.com also includes job bid information for architects and contractors. This increases transparency around the bidding process and makes it easier for architects, contractors and suppliers to participate.
There are currently 22 major construction projects in progress or recently completed in Metro Schools. These projects are designed to meet enrollment growth, relieve overcrowding and update older buildings to the needs of a modern school.
Capital improvements are funded through capital spending plans proposed by the Mayor and approved by the the Metro Council. Thanks to their consistent support over the last several years, Metro Schools has made steady progress on a long list of capital needs.
“Nashville has seen an enormous amount of growth, and our district has had to keep up,” said Murdock. “This year we need to start tackling some long overdue projects on the slate and also start preparations for some of the largest high school projects we have seen in many years. We are hopeful that the capital improvement budget will be approved and we can get started meeting the next wave of serious need in our schools.”
The 10-year capital master plan details $1.3 billion dollars in capital improvement needs. The Metro Council voted last night to approve $131 million for capital funding in fiscal year 2016. This includes money for a number of large projects, including:
- $30 million for a total renovation of and addition to Overton High School
- $30 million for a total renovation of and addition to Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet School
- $19 million to build a new elementary school in the Cane Ridge area
- $6 million to renovate Rosebank Elementary School
- $4 million for an addition at Pennington Elementary School
- $2 million to convert the unused southeast public library into an Early Learning Center for prekindergarten
- $5 million to begin planning for the eventual renovation or reconstruction of Hillsboro and Hillwood High Schools, as well as Nashville School of the Arts
It also includes $35 million in spending for technology, new school buses and smaller district-wide projects.
MNPSConstruction.com is online now and will be updated monthly with new information and photos.