Tennessean columnist Gail Kerr in July:
[The historic Highland Heights school building] on Douglas Avenue just off Dickerson Pike, is partially occupied by KIPP Academy, a growing, successful charter school. But a plan [that is, Mayor Karl Dean's plan] to spend $9.54 million to renovate the building, part of which went up in 1930, may cost more and require another allocation from city coffers. The building is in horrible shape. Recommendations will be made by November or so on whether it can be saved, scrapped or some of both.
From the August Cleveland Park association meeting minutes:
Gracie Porter from Metro Schools
-Learned that the Highland Heights school was to be demolished from
Majel Carr from Metro Gov’t
-Building belongs to General Services
-10 Mil came out of Council and the mayors office
-Estimates more spent on the Highland Heights building in repairs than
Metro schools in the last year
Final Word: There is a plan to go forward and RENOVATE this building.
There was never a plan to demolish and build new.
So, Kerr seemed to be incorrect in saying that the building could be scrapped and insinuating that its "survival" was at stake.
Two other things to note in the minutes. First, consistent with criticism I have heard from other elected officials, news of Karl Dean's big plans tend to be conveyed first in Tennessean talking points rather than directly to officials. Second, after November Metro could spend more on a charter school facility than they spent on public school facilities last year.
HT: Mike Peden