Built in 1935 and known as “Wavery-Belmont School”, the building at the corner of Caruthers and 10th still has its name etched about its front door despite not being used as a school since the mid-1970s.
Since closing its doors as a school, the building has served as office space for the Metropolitan Nashville School District for decades. Changes are on the horizon though. Lending approval from the Metro Council, it may be transformed back in to an elementary school for the district in the quickly growing 12South neighborhood of Nashville – an area experiencing a major need for additional elementary school space.
The plan to be approved includes allocated $8.5 million to expand and prepare the three-story building so it could potentially provide learning space for 600 students in the neighborhood. Part of the spending plan includes utilizing funds to refurbish and renovate the historic building. Schools Director Jesse Register and school board members Will Pinkston and Michael Hayes will meet with residents at Southside Community Church Thursday at 6 p.m. to discuss the potential elementary school.
There is no timeline set for the project yet, and all plans are pending approval from Metro Council. After Thursday’s meeting, the school system plans to host an open house for community members to tour the building.