WCS buys 95 acres for proposed northeast area schools
By Skip Anderson, For the Williamson Herald
The Williamson County Schools recently purchased a 95-acre parcel of land in Nolensville that will serve as the site of the county's next two public schools. WCS purchased the property from York Road, LLC, on Dec. 28 for around $4 million.
WCS plans to build a kindergarten through grade 8 school and a high school on the property to accommodate a sustained population boom that continues throughout the county. School officials said plans are to open the high school in the fall 2015, and the elementary/middle school the following year. Construction is expected to begin by January 2014.
“Closing on the Nolensville property was an important accomplishment in the district's effort to plan for the rapid growth in our community,” Dr. Mike Looney, WCS superintendent, told the Williamson Herald. “With the property in hand, we will now begin to prepare for this growth with greater certainty. Developers and future residents will be able to plan accordingly.”
Jason Golden, deputy superintendent and general counsel for WCS, said the property does not directly border Nolensville Road. Rather, it fronts York Road. The sale includes a permanent right-of-way easement across another property that will facilitate an entrance to the schools from Nolensville Road.
Golden said the school zones have yet to be determined.
“We traditionally approve new school zones in the year before a school opens,” he said. “High schools have opened the first year to only sophomores and freshmen, with juniors and seniors finishing their careers at the original school.”
According to Golden, sources for funding for the property purchase include remaining money from the recent Clovercroft Elementary and Summit High School construction projects, the Williamson County School Board, and $1 million in funds from the Williamson County Commission.
While neither construction project has been bid upon by contractors, the system's five-year capital plan estimates it will cost about $40 million to build the high school, and $30 million to build the elementary/middle school.
Posted on: 1/9/2013