Sunday, March 22, 2015

Community meeting on future of Bailey STEM and East Nashville schools

Community meeting scheduled for April 7 at 6 PM to get feedback on East Nashville Advisory Committee recommendations.  Update from MNPS:

Metro Schools is considering changes to the K-12 pathways in the Stratford Cluster that would impact several schools starting in the 2016-17 school year. We are seeking public input on these changes before a final decision is made.  

Last fall, the district began exploring ways to expand access to high quality school options in East Nashville and provide families with guaranteed pathways in the program of their choice. An East Nashville Advisory Committee made up of community volunteers began meeting in early December to develop recommendations to present to the Board of Education.

The ideas currently under consideration by the Advisory Committee involve repurposing the building for Bailey STEM Magnet Middle as an expanded location for East Nashville Magnet Middle. Bailey students would move into an expanded Stratford STEM Magnet High, which would add grades 5-8 as a STEM Middle Academy. Other program changes at elementary schools that feed into Stratford and East Magnet would ensure guaranteed pathways for families who want either STEM or Paideia (liberal arts) programming. 

These ideas, if included in the final Advisory Committee recommendation, would need approval from the School Board. They would be implemented beginning in the 2016-17 school year, giving the district a full year to plan for the transition.
Parents and community members are invited to attend a public meeting to learn more about these proposed pathway changes and provide input before the Advisory Committee makes a recommendation to the School Board. We encourage you to take part in this important decision-making process by attending one of these meetings or by emailing comments or questions to  

Check out the event flyer for more details.