Williamson County Schools calls for rezoning, officials hold public input meetings before Nov. 18 vote

Zoning meeting
Williamson County School officials meet with parents and residents to discuss the changes to WCS zoning on Nov. 7. Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper

Williamson County School officials meet with parents and residents to discuss the changes to WCS zoning on Nov. 7. Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper

Williamson County Schools held a meeting Nov. 7 to educate the public and receive input on its proposed zoning plan for two new schools opening next year.

“We want to hear from you,” WCS Superintendent Jason Golden said to a cafeteria full of parents. “We want to find out if there’s something unique in your life that we’ve missed ... that might have an impact in our decision-making about this zoning.”

If approved by the school board at its Nov. 18 meeting, the plan would address overcrowding at WCS elementary and middle schools and would take effect in August 2020.

According to a presentation given by Planning and Zoning Supervisor Allison Nunley, Thompson’s Station Elementary, Trinity Elementary and Spring Station Middle are already at or exceed their intended student capacity.

With the new Creekside Elementary School building opening in January 2020, the new zoning would divert 55 students from College Grove Elementary School and 78 from Trinity Elementary School by August in order to offset the projected growth.

Nunley said that WCS was actively looking for land to build additional elementary schools to keep up with 3-5 year growth projections.

The new Central East Middle School—which is not yet named—would take 239 students from Heritage Middle School and 185 students from Thompson’s Station Middle School, while Spring Station Middle School would send 172 students to Heritage and 58 to Thompson’s Station.

Nunley said WCS is not recommending changes to any high school zones at this time, although additions to Independence High School are scheduled to be completed by January 2020, and classroom additions and a cafeteria expansion to Summit High School are included in the board's five-year capital improvement projects in order to increase student capacity.

The board will discuss the new rezoning plan at its Nov. 14 workshop meeting and will vote whether to rezone the schools Nov. 18.

View the zoning plan here.



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