NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Metro-Nashville School Board approved a capital budget Tuesday night that includes funding to move Hillwood High School to Bellevue.
Both the mayor and Metro Council still have to approve that budget for the decision to be final.
Preliminary plans would move the school’s campus to property currently owned by Hope Park Church, which is excited to sell to Metro Schools. It was the most popular option out of the three officials were considering, but it’s also the most expensive.
Purchase of the land and building is estimated to cost nearly $91 million. The new building would be three stories and able to house 1,600 students.
Hillwood High currently sits at the corner of Davidson and Hillwood roads. The move would impact the transportation time for students who bus in from North Nashville.
Overall, though, the decision Tuesday was met with excitement and eagerness.
“It does my heart good to see, here in Nashville, we have a community that’s rallying for a school,” said MNPS Director Shawn Joseph.
“I am thrilled that the School Board agreed that, after two years of exhaustive study and community conversations, HopePark is the right place to build our future school. My deep thanks to our Metro Schools families, civic leaders, and residents whose input drove this decision. Great things are happening at Hillwood, and I am so excited about the additional opportunities that this project will provide,” said member Amy Frogge.
“I am excited for my constituents and all the families that are served by Hillwood that it will soon be moving to a new home. As someone who attended school in the current neighborhood and a former teacher at Hillwood, I know what a difference it will make to move the school to a community that really supports it,” said Councilman DeCosta Hastings of District 2, which serves a portion of the Hillwood zoned-option area.
“The School Board’s decision to build at HopePark is an important one that will create a better educational experience for all of the children the school will serve. It’s life-changing for a child from a low income area to be embraced by a welcoming middle class community, and Bellevue will provide that important component,” said Councilwoman At-Large Sharon Hurt, a Bellevue-area resident.