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A Magnet For Problems

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There is a problem with traffic around Kenwood/Highland school every weekday mornings and afternoon. It is dangerous for the kids and dangerous for the neighborhood. The school district and the city have been working on a possible solution for a number of years. They currently are considering back-in angled parking on Harmon from Newport Avenue to Nashville, to accommodate approximately 13 to 15 parking spaces for parents dropping their kids off at school. This project is going to cost the school district and the city around $150,000.

The problem solely exists because Kenwood/Highland is a magnet school. There is no bussing for magnet schools. Many of the students live far away from the schools and are driven to school by their parents. When Kenwood was a regular neighborhood school, the problem didn't exist. I know because I've lived on the corner of Harmon and Nashville for over 30 years. The kids walked, rode their bikes, or came via bus.

Instead of spending $150,000 on 15 parking spaces to eliminate the problem, turn the school back into a neighborhood school. Put the magnet schools (where transportation is an issue) in a [building] that is not in a residential neighborhood. William Miller Elementary would be a great choice. It can accommodate Highland, Amity Creek, and Westside Village schools and our neighborhoods could have their schools back.

Currently, if parents in the neighborhood choose not to send their children to Kenwood/Highland, those children ride the bus (picking it up at Kenwood) to High Lakes Elementary in Northwest Crossing. This has altered our neighborhood in that kids don't know each other because they don't go to the same school.

As a taxpayer and a long-time resident of this neighborhood, I am disappointed in the city and school district's lack of sensitivity to the money they are needlessly spending on this project. But more importantly, I am disappointed in their insensitivity to the input of the neighbors.


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