District Pulling for New Classrooms to Solve MLK Capacity Problems



As Metro Schools begins looking at next year’s budget picture, the school board is leaning toward spending some $6.6 million to avoid dramatic changes to who can attend Martin Luther King Magnet School.

Director of Schools Jesse Register pitched a plan to the board where the district would add 12 classrooms to boost capacity by 300 students at MLK, making it a building large enough to hold 1,500-students. The change would also mean eliminating the option for seventh graders at Head Middle School to take the pathway into MLK for eighth grade. The situation comes as pipelines into the magnet school have begun to dry up, leaving some 10 seats open to students countywide this school year.

The play-by-play after the jump.

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