NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Parents, school and community leaders, and neighbors are working together to find a solution to overcrowding problems at Julia Green Elementary School.
This year, a record 625 students will fill up the classrooms. Principal Robin Cayce said the school was designed to accommodate a little more than 400. Seven portable classrooms have been added to the campus to help solve the problem, but parents believe a more permanent solution is necessary.
"It is really impacting our community and how we do things," said parent Elizabeth Ryan. "I think we would like to see some thoughtful planning for the future and for growth."
Cayce admits the growing student population puts a strain on teachers and resources.
"We have had to change our traffic policy to help with arrival and dismissal traffic," said Cayce. "It brings challenges."
Parents voiced their concerns at a meeting at the school Thursday evening. Metro Council members, and Director of Schools Jesse Register also weighed in.
"It just makes sense to expand the property site," said Register. "This will add extra acres and additional green space and playgrounds."
Register said there is land near the school that could be purchased. Others also suggested using the old Stokes School building on Belmont Boulevard for the site of a new school.
All plans are still preliminary and would have to be approved by the Metro City Council. Parents and neighbors agree they want to do what is best for the students and the entire community.
"It's a wonderful school, and we want to make sure it stays that way," said Ryan.
Metro Council members may take up the issue in August.