Friday, July 27, 2012

Antioch Progress on Antioch/Priest Lake Community Plan

Craig Owensby
Bringing everyone up to date on the Planning Dept's work on the updated Antioch/Priest Lake Community Plan: we're working on the actual plan document, more in a new and short (a minute-15) YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCyeqCJUR_M&feature=youtu.be 

Federal Court ruling supports Metro Nashville Schools Zoning Plan


Federal Court ruling supports Metro Nashville Schools Zoning Plan

Court affirms school district’s position in Spurlock case
NASHVILLE, TN (July 27, 2012) – Today, Federal Judge Kevin Sharp vindicated the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Board of Education and the Student Assignment Task Force in the long-running Spurlock litigation.
Judge Sharp lauded the Student Assignment Task Force, a racially diverse body of laypersons, for their “commendable effort.”  The court also commended the Board for its work in implementing “a federal magnet grant” to improve schools “in the urban core” and make them more racially and ethnically diverse.
With this ruling, the U.S. District Court for Middle Tennessee dismissed the case without conditions. The ruling means Metro Schools can continue with its current zoning plan for neighborhood zoned schools and numerous school options.
“We are happy to have this litigation behind us. We value diversity in our schools and will continue to promote diverse schools through innovative programs and school choice,” said Jesse Register, director of schools. “We are committed to providing every student with an outstanding education.”
About one-fourth of Metro students choose a school other than their zoned school; the district provides MTA bus passes to magnet school students who qualify for free and reduced price meals.
The court said the plan, adopted by the Board of Education in 2008, does not classify students on the basis of race. The district has been battling the lawsuit since 2009, asserting the zoning plan enables families to take advantage of the benefits of neighborhood schools, including greater opportunities for parental involvement. The plan also provides families with a wide array of school options in addition to zoned schools.
The district is planning a First Choice Festival for Thursday, Oct. 18 from 4:30 to 7:30 PM at McGavock High School, 3150 McGavock Pike. At the festival, families can learn about their school options and the district’s new, streamlined optional school application process. In the 2013-14 school year, the district is expected to offer more than 60 schools through the school option process.

State overturns Metro decision, approves Great Hearts charter school


State overturns Metro decision, approves Great Hearts charter school

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
State education leaders on Friday morning approved an Arizona-based nonprofit to open charter schools in Tennessee, effectively overturning an earlier ruling by the Metro School Board.
Great Hearts Academies can open schools in Nashville, with suggested changes.
The controversy started with public meetings in January. Great Hearts Academies has a plan to open five new charter schools in Nashville, but that application was denied by the Metro SchoolBoard in May.
The state board's decision also requires Metro Schools to take action at its next meeting. GHA plans to open for the 2013-2014 school year.
Metro board members voting against Great Hearts had questions about diversity, transportation and access for kids in low-income families.
The charter school went back to the board to appeal, but that was also denied. Great Hearts then appealed to the state board of education. 
Friday's ruling could set a new precedent for who regulates charter schools, possibly removing control from local administrators.
Great Hearts Academies said their curriculum has translated into a 95 percent college graduation rate.
Copyright 2012 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

State tells Metro to approve Great Hearts charter school



State says yes to Great Hearts charter school



UPDATED: State board overturns Metro, authorizes Great Hearts' charter plan


Metro Nashville Schools sees influx of teacher applicants after salary hike


Metro Nashville Schools sees influx of teacher applicants after salary hike

The Tennessean
By Reporter Sarah Ruf
A higher starting salary in a depressed economy is catching the attention of new teachers, just as Nashville school officials hoped it would.
Metro Nashville Public Schools hiked beginning teachers’ pay to $40,000 this year, citing competition from other urban areas as well as neighboring suburbs.
More than 1,000 people are vying for about 540 positions as the school system gears up for the first day of class Aug. 1.
“We’re getting significant applicant flow as a result of our increase in salary,” said Craig Ott, interim superintendent for human resources. He said the district is hiring 20 to 30 teachers a day.
Officials created 90 new faculty positions to keep up with increased enrollment, said MNPS spokeswoman Olivia Brown.
First-time teacher and Vanderbilt grad Maria Griffin, 22, is headed to J.T. Moore Middle School in Green Hills. She said the increase in salary was a surprise.
“It’s a nice bump-up — I wasn’t expecting it,” Griffin said. “Right out of college, $40,000 is a great starting salary. I was expecting lower.”
The school board approved the $5,526 increase from last year at a special meeting on Wednesday. It’s one of the items funded by a recently approved property tax increase, Davidson County’s first in seven years.
“We were competing with other districts our size that were paying more than us,” said Earl Wiman, MNPS special project liaison.
A few schools had several vacancies. John Early Museum Magnet Middle School sought to fill eight spots; Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School needed six new teachers. Vacancies can be from programming changes, teachers following principals when they change schools or school growth, among other reasons, Brown said.
Keeping in line with past trends, teachers of exceptional education, math, science and Spanish are in demand.
“Math and science teachers are traditionally areas of need,” Brown said.
Also needed are teachers of English Learners, children for whom English is a second language.
“We are the district that has the most EL students,” Brown said. “It’s sometimes difficult to find teachers that teach EL classes.”
Vanderbilt graduate Harry Lopez, 22, got a job teaching EL third-graders at the new Cambridge Elementary School in Antioch.
“It is definitely a great boost,” Lopez said of the salary hike. “I’m really happy that teachers are being looked at in a different light in this community.”
Officials foresee more than 80,000 students learning in MNPS classrooms for the 2012-13 year. That is a 1,600 jump from last year.
“I knew there were going to be a lot of people applying,” said Amethyst Smith, 22, also headed to Cambridge. “I was just more nervous about not getting a job.”
Teachers will report for in-service training on Friday.
Starting teacher pay in Williamson County is $35,000, and Wilson County starts at $32,695. Officials from both counties say they saw similar numbers of applicants this year compared with the previous year.
Reporter Tony Gonzalez contributed to this report.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

2012 Tax Relief Program Applications being Accepted

http://www.nashville.gov/trustee/index.asp
Charlie Cardwell, Metropolitan Trustee

700 Second Avenue South, Suite 220
Nashville, TN 37210
Phone (615) 862-6330
County Trustee Charlie Cardwell shared with Metro Council just recently that his office can now start taking tax relief applications for 2012. Tax Relief Program
for
SENIOR or DISABLED

Applicant must own and use the property on which you are applying as your primary residence. Applicant’s name must be on deed.
The combined 2011 annual income of all owners of the property cannot exceed $26,830. Although both spouses may not be on the
deed, if you are married, we do have to include both incomes. Annual income from all sources includes, but is not limited to:
Social Security less Medicare deduction.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Retirement or pension benefits.
Veterans’ Administration benefits
Workers’ Compensation
Salaries or Wages
Interest or Dividends
OWNERS 65 or OLDER
Must be 65 or older on or before December 31, 2012 and provide evidence of your age.

DISABLED OWNERS
Must have been totally and permanently disabled as rated by Social Security Administration or other qualified agency
on or before December 31, 2012. There is no age limit on qualified disabled applicants.

DISABLED VETERAN
You must own and use property on which you apply as your primary residence.
Your disability must meet one of the following categories:
Service-connected disability resulting in:
Paraplegia OR
Permanent paralysis of both legs and lower part of the body resulting from traumatic injury or disease to the spinal cord or brain; OR
Loss, or loss of use of, two or more limbs; OR
Legal blindness
Total and permanent disability rating from a service-connected disability.
A 100% total and permanent disability rating from being a prisoner of war.
Property tax relief also may be extended to the surviving spouse of a disabled veteran, who at time of death was eligible for property
tax relief. Must provide a copy of spouse's death certificate and a personal ID.

Determination of eligibility is based on information provided by the Veterans Administration through use of a consent form (F-16) available at our office.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the state have a lien on my property?
NO. The state has no lien due to property tax relief you may receive.

Are tax relief recipients exempt from paying property taxes?

NO. Tax Relief is a combined credit from the State of Tennessee and the Metropolitan Government toward your taxes for homeowners who qualify
under the Tax Relief Program. The total credit shall not exceed the amount of the taxes due.

How much tax relief will I get?
The amount will vary depending on property values and the applicable tax rate.

What if a mortgage firm pays my taxes?
We will hold your application until payment is received from your mortgage company. Then, we will mail the application to the state tax relief office.
If approved, you will receive a refund for the relief amount.

Can I get relief on multiple properties?
NO. You can only receive tax relief on your primary residence in any given tax year.

What happens next year if I’m approved?
You will receive a property tax relief voucher when you receive your property tax bill. You will need to present the voucher to our office before
the deadline date along with payment of any balance due.

National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials Foundation Selects 2012-2013 Fellows


National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials Foundation Selects 2012-2013 Fellows
WASHINGTON, DC –- District Heights, Maryland, Commissioner Jamal I. Miller and Nashville, Tennessee, Councilmember Karen Y. Johnson have been chosen as the 2012-2013 Foundation Fellows for the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) Foundation. The Foundation was founded by the NBC-LEO constituency group and is supported by the National League of Cities (NLC).
“We are pleased with the quality of the applicants for the 2012 Fellows Program. It was a very close decision among the applicants, all of whom are poised to provide great leadership to their cities, the states and NBC-LEO. We are excited about the progress of our Fellows Program and the future of our 2012 Fellows,” said NBC-LEO Foundation Chair Michael Johnson, Vice Mayor, Phoenix, Arizona.
The Fellows Program is designed to encourage local government officials to strengthen their governance expertise and leadership capabilities. The annual program focuses on leadership development and provides training and mentoring to African Americans and other elected officials from diverse communities. Fellows participate in learning forums, case study discussions and seminars on leadership development.
“It is truly an honor to be selected for the highly competitive NBC-LEO fellows leadership program,” said Councilmember Johnson. She continued, “I look forward to the mentoring, networking and leadership development opportunities offered, which will enable me to maximize my effectiveness as a leader in public service”.
“I look forward to engaging in the Fellowship experiences as it provides an excellent opportunity to benefit from the collective wisdom and knowledge of NBC-LEO and its members,” said Councilmember Miller. He continued, “I believe that through this experience, I will be better equipped to make a greater impact in my City and provide expanded services and solutions for the citizens I serve.”
As part of their curriculum, the Fellows will receive registrations to NLC’s 2012 Congress of Cities in Boston, 2013 Congressional City Conference in Washington, DC and the 2013 NBC-LEO Annual Summer Conference. Fellows will also attend seminars sponsored by the NLC Leadership Training Institute and will network with other elected officials, corporate partners and national leaders.
Fellows are also assigned mentors during their time in the program who provide career guidance and networking opportunities. Commissioner Miller will be mentored by James Mitchell, Jr., Immediate Past President of the National League of Cities and Past President of NBC-LEO the constituency group. Councilwoman Johnson will be mentored by Robert Avery, Councilmember, Gadsden, Alabama, a member of the NBC-LEO constituency group Board of Directors.
For information about the NBC-LEO Foundation, visit www.nbcleofoundation.org.
The NBC-LEO Foundation supports and conducts non-partisan research, technical assistance, training and educational and informational activities and programs to advance African American political participation at the local level. The Foundation also promotes municipal employment of African Americans and develops positive perceptions about government by African American citizens and other diverse populations.
The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

Rebuilding Together Nashville

Councilman Fabian Bedne who is an architect is involved with Rebuilding Together Nashville and shared that they are looking to fix homes for free that have lead based paint and where kids younger than 6 live. Please help Fabian connect with the people that need this program so we can try to help them.

Lead paint is very toxic for kids so after 1978 lead based paint became illegal, therefore they are targeting homes older than 1978.

If you are aware of anybody that might need this program please have them call him at (615) 601-1RTN
http://rebuildingtogethernashville.org/

Leadership Nashville Selects more than 40 leaders to participate in the 37th class for 2012-2013

From E. Hembree
Congratulations to our Councilwoman Karen Y. Johnson for being accepted into the prestigious Leadership Nashville upcoming class.
The Tennessean
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120708/BUSINESS01/307080040/Nashville-People-Business
More than 40 community leaders have been named to participate in Leadership Nashville’s 37th class. The nine-month program, starting in September, is designed to assist community leaders in their roles as decision makers. Class members are: Amy A. Atkinson, vice president of marketing and public relations, Gaylord Entertainment Co.; Danielle W. Barnes, assistant commissioner and general counsel, Tennessee Department of Human Resources; John C. Bauerschmidt, bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee;Catherine S. Beemer, president-elect, Junior League of Nashville;Richard S. Bovender, entrepreneur in residence, Clayton Associates; Patricia S. Campbell, senior vice president/not-for-profit and government team leader, SunTrust; G. Kent Cleaver, president and chief operating officer, Avenue Bank; Judy D. Cummings, senior pastor, New Covenant Christian Church; Carolyn M. Dever, dean of arts and science, Vanderbilt University; Baird E. Dixon, principal, Street Dixon Rick Architecture; Susan B. Duvenhage, president and CEO, Adventure Science Center; Spruell Driver Jr., principal attorney, Driver firm; James L. Flautt, senior vice president, supply chain operations, Asurion; Mark Freedman, executive director, Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee;Bennie L. Harris, vice president for development and alumni relations, Lipscomb University; Clifton E. Harris, former executive director, Metro Nashville Homelessness Commission and director of marketing and sales, Citi Valet; Allen L. Hovious, president, LBMC Planning Services; Carol O. Hudler, publisher, “The Tennessean,” South Group president of Gannett’s U.S. Community Publishing Division; Brian P. Johnson, commander of Madison Precinct, Metro Nashville Police Department; Karen Y. Johnson, Metro Nashville councilwoman, District 29; Pamela Johnson, vice president for development, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum; Kelley B. Kee, senior vice president/community banking executive, Regions Bank; Beverly J. Keel, senior vice president of artist and media relations, Universal Music Group Nashville; Stephen C. Lane, executive vice president, Smith Seckman Reid; Alexandra (Sandra) Lipman, community volunteer; Robert J. Mendes, member, Frost Brown Todd; Mark A. Montgomery, founder, FLO {thinkery}; Joe P. Orlando, area executive for Tennessee, Bank of America; Jonah D. Rabinowitz, executive director, W. O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School; Robert D. Ravener, executive vice president and chief people officer, Dollar General; Dawn M. Rudolph, president and CEO, Saint Thomas Hospital; Katherine G. Sager, regional director external and legislative affairs, AT&T; Saurabh Sinha, CEO, emids Technologies; Joseph A. Sowell, senior vice president and chief development officer, HCA; Dr. Paul Sternberg, associate dean for clinical affairs and chief medical officer, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Thomas S. Stumb, president and CEO, Nashville Bank & Trust; Remziya A. Suleyman, director of policy and administration, American Center for Outreach; Cathy R. Taylor, dean of College of Health Sciences and Nursing, Belmont University;John C. Tishler, chairman, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis; Paul D. Vasterling, artistic director and CEO, Nashville Ballet; Robert R. Wigington, president and CEO, Metro Nashville Airport Authority;Amanda M. Wyler, president, Junior Chamber of Commerce and graphic designer/creative consultant; and Allyson L. Young, CEO, Young Motivation Group.
http://www.leadershipnashville.org/apply/nomination

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Save the Date District 29 Night Out Against Crime Tuesday August 7, 2012

Save the Date: District 29 Night Out Against Crime Tuesday, August 7, 2012 on the grounds of Smith Springs Church of Christ/Priest Lake Presbyterian Church. The event will span across both properties which are side by side from 6-8:30 pm
http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=1b732a1a622d8744a0dfff659&id=331fb43576
Click on image to enlarge

Early Voting has started in Nashville Davidson County

EARLY VOTING HAS STARTED

http://www.nashville.gov/vote/early.asp
Davidson County Election Commission
... Metro Office Building, First Floor
800 2nd Avenue South
(Next to the Howard Office Building
July 13, 2012 through July 28, 2012
Day/Date Open Close
Friday, July 13 8:00 A.M. 4:30 P.M.
Saturday, July 14 8:00 A.M. 4:30 P.M.
Monday, July 16 8:00 A.M. 4:30 P.M.
Tuesday, July 17 8:00 A.M. 7:00 P.M.
Wednesday, July 18 8:00 A.M. 4:30 P.M.
Thursday, July 19 8:00 A.M. 7:00 P.M.
Friday, July 20 8:00 A.M. 4:30 P.M.

JULY 23-28 the below early voting sites also open up in addition to Howard Office Building/Election Commission location. Thanks Dean for posting.
Belle Meade City Hall, 4705 Harding Pike
Bordeaux Library, 4000 Clarksville Pike
Edmondson Pike Library, 5501 Edmondson Pike
Hermitage Library, 3700 James Kay Lane
Madison Library, 610 Gallatin Pike S.


Saturday, July 21 8:00 A.M. 4:30 P.M.
Monday, July 23* 8:00 A.M. 4:30 P.M.
Tuesday, July 24* 8:00 A.M. 7:00 P.M.
Wednesday, July 25* 8:00 A.M. 4:30 P.M.
Thursday, July 26* 8:00 A.M. 7:00 P.M.
Friday, July 27* 8:00 A.M. 4:30 P.M.
Saturday, July 28* 8:00 A.M. 4:30 P.M.

Dolan, Kim set fundraising bar high in Metro school board races

Dolan, Kim set fundraising bar high in Metro school board races
by Joey Garrison
Nashville City Paper
http://nashvillecitypaper.com/content/city-news/dolan-kim-set-fundraising-bar-high-metro-school-board-races
Margaret Dolan’s campaign war chest of $106,404 is believed to be the highest fundraising showing ever for a Metro school board race, while Elissa Kim’s $81,414 campaign haul isn’t far behind.
All told, 17 candidates running for school board have collectively raked in at least $377,703, with District 9 candidate Dolan and Kim — who is challenging board chair Gracie Porter in District 5 — accounting for nearly half that figure. School board candidates vying for five seats were required Tuesday to report campaign fundraising totals from the last quarter. Some distanced themselves financially from their opponents.
In separate statements, Dolan and Kim said they are “humbled” by the support. Both benefited from financial support from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, a budding charter school crowd and a host of individual donors.
The two other fundraising winners are District 7 candidate and former Gov. Phil Bredesen aide Will Pinkston, who reported raising $52,749, and District 3 candidate Jarod DeLozier, who raised $35,555 over the last quarter, which ended June 30.
Following the quartet of Dolan, Kim, Pinkston and DeLozer — all school board outsiders hoping to snag a seat — the fundraising totals drop dramatically.
Porter, looking to fend off three opponents including the well-financed Kim, reported raising $18,324, putting her at a significant financial disadvantage. District 5 candidate John Haubenreich raised $9,365, while District 5 candidate Erica Lanier raised $1,994.
In the District 1 race between two sitting school board members, the chamber-backed Sharon Gentry reported raising $13,530, besting her opponent Ed Kindall, who raised $8,210.
Amy Frogge, mounting a strong campaign in District 9 to replace departing board member Kay Simmons, raised $17,864, far below Dolan’s haul. An attorney and active Metro school parent, Frogge cited her individual donations from teachers and downplayed the importance of money.
“I don’t think money always wins these local races,” Frogge said. “I think it has to do with hard work and getting your message out.”
District 9 candidate Bob Bogen, a former councilman, raised $3,712. Former Councilman Eric Crafton, also running in District 9, told The City Paper he postmarked his financial disclosure, but said his fundraising would be small. He said he’s planning to “self-finance” his campaign. Candidate Ronnie Osborne did not turn in a financial disclosure.
In the District 3 race to replace the departing Mark North, DeLozer outpaced Jill Speering, who raised $8,602, and Free Lee, who raised $5,050. In district 7, Pinkston, bested the SEIU-backed Al Wilkins, who reported a $14,185 fundraising total and Alan Sharp, who reported collecting $10.
Dolan, vice president of community relations at Ingram Industries, enjoys the support of Mayor Karl Dean, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Metro Nashville Education Association, the local teachers’ union.
Kim, an executive for Teach For America, shares the support of the chamber with Porter. But Kim –– as well as Dolan and DeLozer –– has emerged as the choice for a new group of charter school backers in Nashville who have shown a willingness to reach into their wallets.
Dolan and Kim each collected $7,100 checks from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s SuccesPac, an equal amount from the pro-charter school PAC Great Public Schools, and $3,000 contributions from a PAC formed by StudentsFirst, a new education organization that former Washington, D.C., schools chancellor Michelle Rhee leads.
Great Public Schools, a PAC that a trio of affluent charter backers organized, reported raising $34,300. The PAC’s leadership consists of charter supporters Bill DeLoache, John Eason and Townes Duncan (Full disclosure: Duncan heads the board of SouthComm, parent company of The City Paper.)
In addition to maxing out $7,100 donations to Dolan and Kim, Great Public Schools gave an identical figure to DeLozier and $10,000 to hire Bass, Berry & Sims law firm to file an amicus brief in the Spurlock v. Fox federal schools rezoning case.
Among those who contributed to Great Public Schools were auto dealership owner Lee Beaman, attorney Lee Barfield, attorney Charles Bone, businessman David Ingram and former school board chair David Fox.
Fundraising by race:
District 1

  • Sharon Gentry –– $13,530
  • Ed Kindall –– $8,210
District 3

  • Jarod DeLozier –– $35,555
  • Jill Speering –– $8,602
  • Free Lee –– $5,050
District 5

  • Elissa Kim –– $81,414
  • Gracie Porter –– $18,324
  • John Haubenreich –– $9,365
  • Erica Lanier –– $1,994
District 7

  • Will Pinkston –– $52,749
  • Al Wilkins –– $14,185
  • Alan Sharp –– $10
District 9

  • Margaret Dolan –– $106,404
  • Amy Frogge –– $17,864
  • Bob Bogen –– $3,712
  • Eric Crafton –– unclear
  • Ronnie Osborne –– unclear

Metro finds a partner in race for sports funds

Posting this just in case anyone missed this amazing article. The awesome School Board Member Attorney Mark North has started a foundation to help school athletic programs in Metro Nashville Public Schools. Please spread the word, so that dollars can come to our very own Southeast Nashville Schools.

Local foundation wants to offer financial boost to Nashville schools' athletics
Two years ago, Mark North was asked what he was going to do about the financial struggles of athletic programs in Metro Nashville’s public schools.
“That was sort of my ah-ha moment — you know, I’ve got to do something about it,” said North, a Nashville attorney and school board member who is not running for re-election.
North has formed a nonprofit called the Foundation for Athletics in Nashville Schools to support Metro high school and middle school athletics.
He is hoping to raise $300,000 during the next year through fundraisers, individual donations and corporate sponsorships.
The foundation hosted its first fundraiser, the public school sports hall of fame luncheon at LP Field in April. North said the event raised “a few thousand dollars.”
“There was a discussion just over a year ago during budget talk that several of the schools were struggling to make ends meet because the school system budget doesn’t pay for the operating expenses for athletics,” said North, who was a three-sport athlete at Madison from 1980-84. “They pay the coach’s salary supplement and now they pay some of the security, but other than that, it is up to each school to pay for its own athletic program.”
Whites Creek, Stratford and Maplewood needed a combined $48,000 from the Metro school district to break even on their athletic programs last year.
The foundation money will be dispersed based on financial need, and it will be up to each school how it spends the funds on its athletic program.

The price to play

Metro Nashville Public Schools budgeted $300,000 to pay for security and medical personnel at all football and basketball games for all 37 middle schools and 15 high schools, said Chris Henson, the district’s chief financial officer.
MNPS pays for four security officers per game, although more are needed for some games.
Williamson, Sumner and Shelby (Memphis) counties don’t get any financial help from their school systems to pay for security. Rutherford County athletics programs get a small stipend for security.
Memphis schools used to get $6,000 each for sports from the Shelby County school district, but that was taken away this year because of budget issues.
MNPS helps schools resurface tracks and gym floors as well as recondition wrestling mats when funds are available. The school district also provides some financial assistance for seating repair/replacement in stadiums and gyms.
“The funding was certainly lacking to help the schools fund their athletic programs on a day-by-day basis, and (Mark North’s) new initiative is very much needed,” said Scott Brunette, who was the school district’s athletics director from 1992-2010.
As with most county systems, schools in Metro rely on gate receipts from football and basketball and fundraisers to support their other athletic programs. But it’s difficult to raise money in the city’s low-income neighborhoods.
“Ninety-two percent of the students in our building are free or reduced lunch, so how do you try to raise money when income levels are that low?” Stratford boys basketball coach Barry Mangrum said. “And then how do you ask families to come up with a team fee or something?”
Williamson County high schools charge athletes a participation fee, but most Metro schools don’t.
Hume-Fogg, which doesn’t have a football program, asked athletes to pay $45 per sport this year and asked the student to raise the money with a Smart card fundraiser.
Athletics principal Kelly Harned said the athletics fee hasn’t hurt participation at Hume-Fogg, but North said he doesn’t believe it would work at most Metro schools.
“It’s a bad idea,” North said. “It would unfairly exclude some kids from participating, and I think that’s contrary to the ideals of public schools. And I think that’s something we need to avoid as long as we can.”

Making adjustments

New safety requirements for the reconditioning of football helmets can cost about $1,700 yearly.
Sports programs at schools in Metro used to raise more than $6,000 annually through the sale of soft drinks. But as part of the fight against obesity, those beverages have been replaced by healthier options that don’t generate as much revenue.
MNPS athletics coordinator Roosevelt Sanders also said attendance has declined rapidly during the economic downturn.
“At one time years ago, football and basketball were not only self-sustaining, but they also helped with the minor sports quite a bit,” Sanders said. “But now it’s gotten to a point where basketball and football may not even pay their own bills.”
Lack of money limits how many sports Pearl-Cohn can offer. Softball returned this spring after a two-year absence.
“We’d like to add soccer and we’re trying to bring bowling and wrestling back to our school,” Pearl-Cohn athletics director Katherine Bell said. “We’re trying to get as many sports as these kids can participate in so that they can have something to do other than just running the streets in the evening.”
Whites Creek doesn’t have enough money in its athletics budget to buy all the equipment it needs.
“(We don’t have) things like pitching machines and batting cages,” said Whites Creek athletics director Lora Hickman, who coaches softball. “We go against pitchers who throw 65 to 70 mph and we don’t have pitchers that can pitch that fast, and you can’t simulate that without a machine.”
Contact Chip Cirillo at 615-664-2194 or ccirillo@tennessean.com.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Video from our June 26 SubArea 13 Plan Meeting for Southeast Nashville

http://youtu.be/_Rrv8h7xLyY
Check out the video from our June 26th SubArea 13 plan meeting. Highlighted is the set aside meeting with Nashboro and comments from residents throughout District 29. Your comments are shaping the vision and fut...ure for our entire area. Thank you for participating and providing valuable input. Next meeting for the final draft to be presented by the Planning Commission will be August 30 at Lakeshore Christian Church, 5434 Bell Forge Lane East from 6 pm until 8 pm. See you there again!

Draft of the Southeast Nashville SubArea 13 Plan

Click on the below link to view the Draft for our Southeast Nashville SubArea 13 Plan from the June 26th meeting.
http://www.nashville.gov/mpc/docs/subarea13/120626/CCPSummaries.pdf
Mark your calendars to attend the August 30, 2012 Meeting again at Lakeshore Christian Church, 5434 Bell Forge Lane East from 6-8 pm where the final draft will be presented.

You're Invited to State Representative Janis Sontany's Ice Cream Social Saturday, July 21 from 2-4 pm

You're Invited to State Representative Janis Sontany's Ice Cream Social Saturday, July 21 from 2-4 pm. Click on picture to view/enlarge

REMINDER: The Crossings Nashville Action Partnership Meeting Tues June 10

Monthly CNAP (the Crossings Nashville Action Partnership formally called the Hickory Hollow Action Partnership-modeled after the Green Hills Action Partnership) Meeting, 2nd Tuesday, July 9, 2012 at the NEW Crossings Event Center 5380 Hickory Hollow Pkwy (directly across from Freeland Chevrolet) from 5:30-6:30 pm. Click on flyer to view