Community meeting to address city budget, vacant middle school in Green Hills

Metro Nashville officials will meet with Green Hills residents Thursday, May 23 to discuss the city's proposed operating budget for fiscal year 2019-20, as well as future plans for a defunct public school property near Lipscomb University.

The meeting, hosted by Council Member Russ Pulley, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Church of Christ, 3805 Granny White Pike, Nashville.

The Finance Department plans to present the proposed operating budget and answer related questions, according to Pulley. Metro Nashville Council is expected to approve the FY 2019-20 operating budget in June.

“We are currently holding [Metro Nashville Council] budget hearings for all departments, which will likely conclude on May 23,” Pulley said. “The council will then review the mayor's budget and work on any adjustments we can make.”

In addition to budget talks, District 8 Metro Nashville Public Schools board member Gini Pupo-Walker will discuss MNPS's plans for Walter Stokes Middle School in Green Hills. The vacant school is located on 5.2 acres and is one block north of Lipscomb University’s campus at 3701 Belmont Blvd., Nashville.

While it is not yet clear if the district plans to sell the property, the MNPS board last approved four properties as surplus in December including 0 Brick Church Pike, Nashville; 2795 Pennington Bend Road, Nashville;
1015 Davidson Road, Nashville; and 3125 Ironwood Drive, Nashville.

All properties were approved as surplus by Metro Nashville Council with the exception of 0 Brick Church Pike, which failed 22-13 at the March 19 meeting.