Page plans for rezoning hinge on sewer capacity, master plan approval


Page plans for rezoning hinge on sewer capacity, master plan approval

By EMILY R. WEST

As far as it goes for the Page High School cluster, there isn’t a lot of room to work with in the Williamson school district’s efforts to rezone.

The current rezoning proposals, dubbed Plan A, call for 8 percent of county students to transition to another school. Page’s community sits in the middle of rezoning changes. Both it’s middle and high school have reached their capacity limits.

And for Page, it’s the only plan.

Williamson schools must rezone, largely because of two new elementary schools opening and over-capacity issues plaguing different high schools. They are also rezoning in anticipation of the large amount of growth expected. At least 10,000 new students are projected to attend schools in the district during the next five years.

Here are the plans for the Page cluster:

Page Middle, which is at 117 percent capacity, will send students from the area west of Interstate 65 and east of Lewisburg Pike to the new middle school. This includes Berry Farms Town Center, Ellington Park, Goose Creek Estates, Redwing and Stream Valley to the new middle school. This is 90 students right now and 180 future students changing zones.

It will also send students from Dallas Downs, Kendall Hall, Polk Place, River Bluff and Sullivan Farms to Heritage Middle. That is 189 students currently and 11 future students who will move.

Page High will send students who live west of the Interstate 65 area and east of Lewisburg Pike area to Indy. This includes Berry Farms Town Center, Ellington Park, Goose Creek Estates, Redwing and Stream Valley. Right now, that includes 76 current students and 137 future students.

Why Plan A is the only one that works

In its back pocket, the district has one more plan in place in the event the Williamson County Commission doesn’t fund expansions to the Brentwood campus, an essential piece of the process. This is called Plan B, one Superintendent Mike Looney has stressed he would hate to put into place. It would only affect the Brentwood, Franklin, Nolensville, and Fairview clusters.

Page is not included in Plan B. They have two options: add on to the current campus footprints or build new schools. The Williamson Commission will decide on what to fund for the Page High and Middle campus master plans, which the district presented in early 2017. The commission previously deferred on this item to its May meeting.

“We don’t have a choice,” Looney said. “There’s no plan B. If my room is leaking at home in my child’s bedroom, I will figure it out. So the bottom line is they need to fund this period. Whatever has to happen needs to happen.”

And the likelihood of the master plans working has started to take a turn for the positive. Previously, the septic capacity would have prevented any expansion. However, the district has had landowners near the campus have their land tested to see if the soil is applicable. So far, one has tested well, with another testing happening by the week’s end.

Looney will know for certain before the April board meeting if he has found enough acreage to expand the sewer.

“I feel good and optimistic about it,” he said.

The final rezoning meeting is at Ravenwood on April 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Rezoning in its totality will go before the Williamson County School Board in May. Parents have until April’s end to submit their input via email or by phone to the district or their school board member.

Emily West covers the City of Franklin, education and the state legislature for the Franklin Home Page. Contact her at emily@franklinhomepage.com. Follow her on Twitter via @emwest22.

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