Metro Nashville Public Schools broke ground Wednesday morning on a new Antioch elementary school that will be built on Smith Springs Road.
Dr. Jesse Register said the school is necessary to ease overcrowding at Lakeview and Edison Elementary schools, which both have several portable classrooms.
The new school will have the capacity to serve 800 students, ranging from Pre-K to fourth grade, and is expected to open in the fall of 2015.
Many neighbors, however, are against the school being built in that location.
Several people who live across the street stood outside and held signs that read, “Say No” during Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony.
Residents told News 2 they are concerned about traffic congestion on the already busy two lane road. Another concern is that there are no sidewalks in the area for kids.
In recent months, opponents circulated a petition that collected more than 1,000 signatures.
Dr. Register said improvements will be made in the area, things like adding turn lanes and sidewalks.
The cost of the new school is expected to be around $17 million.