The Metro Council Tuesday night passed a resolution asking the Metro Board of Public Education to provide a yearly plan to Council about how it uses existing school classroom space.
The resolution, co-sponsored by Melvin Black, Don Majors and Bruce Stanley, has received support from school officials who are wrestling with underused schools (primarily in the central city) and overburdened schools (primarily in suburban Davidson County).
"My reason for filing this resolution evolved from concerns from Council members on zone changes and the effects on school capacities," Majors told the Council.
Majors explained that there are roughly 12,000 unused seats in the system's 127 schools.
Black stressed the resolution does not call for a return to controversial racial busing.
In other action, the Council passed on third reading a bill that will allow the Metro Public Works Department to purchase recycling receptacles to be used in the city