New proposal would increase student capacity at MLK Magnet - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

New proposal would increase student capacity at MLK Magnet

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The director of Metro Nashville Public Schools has come up with a new proposal at a popular magnet school.

At first, leaders wanted to eliminate the seventh and eighth grades at Martin Luther King Magnet School to prevent overcrowding, but a lot of parents were outspoken in their opposition to the proposal.

Dr. Jesse Register is now sharing a new plan that would actually increase the size of MLK Magnet to 1,500 students - an increase of about 300 students.

To accomplish that, the school would have to add 10 new classrooms as part of a $3 million capital expenditure.

The plan would need Metro Council approval, and Register said it would be a better way forward than boosting academic standards for entry - a proposal supported by some parents and teachers - because he worried about the impact on diversity.

For Register, making the student body bigger at MLK Magnet may be the ideal middle ground.

"I'm having to deal with the logic and the numbers and the capacity of a school. And this is very emotional for them. It's a program they love, and they're talking about their own children, and I hope we can bring the two together," Register said. "I don't consider it an olive branch. I consider it solving a problem."

The director of schools acknowledged parental pressure did play a role in this proposal, and he will begin selling the proposal to the Metro Council in a meeting with the council's education committee Monday evening.

Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • New proposal would increase student capacity at MLK MagnetMore>>

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Over a decade later and still no completion to the Enterprise Boulevard expansion project

    Over a decade later and still no completion to the Enterprise Boulevard expansion project

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:45 PM EST2018-02-22 04:45:40 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    It was pitched an opportunity to bring economic growth to the north side of Lake Charles, but now ti seems the Enterprise Boulevard Extension project will never come to fruition.  The second phase still hasn't been completed to connect Enterprise Boulevard to Highway 171.  Wednesday night city council member Mary Morris suggested another plan to get things rolling.  Restaurants, condos and retail outlets was suppose to come for North Lake Charles, but it's been ...

    More >>

    It was pitched an opportunity to bring economic growth to the north side of Lake Charles, but now ti seems the Enterprise Boulevard Extension project will never come to fruition.  The second phase still hasn't been completed to connect Enterprise Boulevard to Highway 171.  Wednesday night city council member Mary Morris suggested another plan to get things rolling.  Restaurants, condos and retail outlets was suppose to come for North Lake Charles, but it's been ...

    More >>
  • Louisiana DOTD releases I-10 bridge construction details

    Louisiana DOTD releases I-10 bridge construction details

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 10:04 PM EST2018-02-22 03:04:07 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness)
    The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced that construction work on I-10 in Lake Charles is scheduled to begin on March 3. The expansion joints on the I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge need maintenance which will be performed by C.E.C, Inc., a Lafayette-based company. The construction of the I-10 bridge must take place in order to handle the traffic volume anticipated during the upcoming I-210 re-decking project. The $8.5 million project on I-10 ...More >>
    The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced that construction work on I-10 in Lake Charles is scheduled to begin on March 3. The expansion joints on the I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge need maintenance which will be performed by C.E.C, Inc., a Lafayette-based company. The construction of the I-10 bridge must take place in order to handle the traffic volume anticipated during the upcoming I-210 re-decking project. The $8.5 million project on I-10 ...More >>
  • State Police: 'See something, say something' using mobile app

    State Police: 'See something, say something' using mobile app

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 10:08 PM EST2018-02-22 03:08:11 GMT
    (Source: See it, Send it app)(Source: See it, Send it app)

    Copycat threats to schools have been report to law enforcement agencies across the country, state, and in Southwest Louisiana. Multiple suspects have been arrested, many charged with terrorizing, which carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison and/or a maximum fine of $15,000 if charged as an adult. However, according to Louisiana State Police, the majority of the threats received were found to have no credible danger to public safety. "Although we highly encourage cit...

    More >>

    Copycat threats to schools have been report to law enforcement agencies across the country, state, and in Southwest Louisiana. Multiple suspects have been arrested, many charged with terrorizing, which carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison and/or a maximum fine of $15,000 if charged as an adult. However, according to Louisiana State Police, the majority of the threats received were found to have no credible danger to public safety. "Although we highly encourage cit...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly