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Get the Facts: What's really going on with Joelton and Haynes Middle Schools?

We’re very fortunate in our district to have Mayor Dean, the Metro Council and the people of Nashville all support our district through funding for capital projects. One of these projects is a major renovation of the aged and inadequate building at Joelton Middle School. Joelton Middle is set to undergo a total renovation. It is quite a project, and afterward the school will look stunning. It will be modernized and better prepared for 21st century learning. Construction will go on through all of next school year, so the question is, what do we do with the students at Joelton Middle in the meantime? They can't remain in the school because the project is just too big.

Our proposed solution – and we think it’s a good one – is to temporarily move most of them (grades 6-8) into the building at Haynes Middle School, where Haynes and Joelton students can share a space while remaining in their own separate schools. Rising fifth grade students (and current Joelton Elementary students) would remain at Joelton Elementary for their fifth grade year. Current fourth graders at Cumberland and Lillard Elementary Schools would also remain at their schools for fifth grade.

There seems to be some misunderstanding about this proposed arrangement, so we’ve set up two community meetings in both communities to help clear it up. Here are the facts of this proposal:

  1. The schools will not be merged. Haynes will continue to be a choice school. Joelton will return to its own building when the renovation is complete for the 2014-15 school year.
  2. Joelton students inside of the Haynes facility will be in a separate area of the building.
  3. Each school will keep its own principals, faculty and athletic programs (we expect the relationship with I.T. Creswell to continue).
  4. The schools would share common areas, like the gym and the cafeteria, according to a set schedule.
  5. Because the schools have different start times, students will arrive and dismiss at different times.

There is more than enough space in the Haynes building to accommodate both schools. Each has its own strong traditions and holds its own special place in the community. These will be preserved during this one-year adventure.

Most importantly, both Joelton and Haynes have the teachers, leadership and family commitments to create great schools.

Join in this discussion at our two community meetings.

For the Haynes Middle School Community Monday, April 1 5:00 p.m. Haynes Middle School

For the Joelton Community Wednesday, April 3 5:00 p.m. Joelton Elementary School

See the need for renovations at Joelton Middle.