Highland Heights, the old East Nashville school building that houses the charter school KIPP Academy, now belongs to Metro government.
The school board voted last night to transfer the property rights of the building from Metro Nashville Public Schools to Metro government, signaling the first move in Mayor Karl Dean’s long-term plan to renovate the rundown structure.
Part of the old Highland Heights building on Douglas Avenue is occupied by KIPP Academy, a middle charter school. Dean has said would like to pump money into the building to restore the facility as an East Nashville neighborhood center, equipped with gyms, a library, after-school programs, trails and other community-minded offerings.
The idea, Dean has made clear, would be to keep KIPP Academy operating on one side, with the neighborhood and school complementing each other.
According to Director of Schools Jesse Register, the building is in need of $10 million to $12 million in repairs.
Dean has postponed introducing this year’s capital-spending budget in light of May’s flood.
It’s still unclear which capital spending projects will be prioritized this year, and whether the Highland Heights renovations is part of the mayor’s immediate plans.