The Williamson County School Board held a community meeting regarding the Ravenwood rezoning on November 19 in Brentwood Tennessee. Several hundred angry parents attended, looking for reasons why the rezoning was brought up so quickly with little notice and was seemingly being pushed through without considering other options.
The Willamson County School District, which contains Franklin and Brentwood TN, is known as one of the best school districts in the entire country.
A special meeting has been called for the vote on rezoning some Ravenwood High School students to Centennial High School on Monday November 30.
Several parents felt the rezoning was disproportionately affecting diverse children.
Several parents we questioned were puzzled why, when there is a chance of snow, that they might be called 5 times in a morning but when something as significant as this rezoning, no calls were made. Many parents had only found out about the special vote called days before the community meeting held at Ravenwood High School on November 19.
As the Ravenwood rezoning videos show, several board members are apathetic and indifferent to concerned parents. Others, like Terry Leve, looked to be genuinely engaging the crowd. The video shows Terry taking on difficult and heated questions as best he could. Most parents acknowledged that rezoning is never an easy issue. It was more the speed of process, questionable timing and lack of communication by the Williamson County School Board that was so concerning to the parents we spoke with.
Adding to the murkiness of the Ravenwood rezoning, is that the special meeting called to vote on the rezoning is on Interim Williamson County Schools Superintendent Dr. Heath’s last day on the job. All the parents we spoke with, were shocked to learn that no one is allowed speak at the Ravenwood rezoning vote on November 30 and that capacity for the room is 54 people, with 12 school board members.
Evidently a larger room has been now been secured for the rezoning vote to be held on November 30, accommodating 123 people. It would seem reasonable to hold the meeting a facility large enough to everyone concerned, like a school gym.
Special permission has also been granted by the school board for those affected by the rezoning to speak at the meeting.
It remains to be seen what will happen at the special meeting called to vote on the rezoning November 30.
Take Action Now:
1. See pictures of protesters of the “Williamson country’s school boards move at re-zoning“.
2. Join the Facebook group “Ravenwood Petition Against Rezoning to Centennial”.
3. Follow further coverage of the Williamson County Schools rezoning here at CoolSprings.com.
4. Join the discussion at the Ravenwood Rezoning forum.
For more information or to share your thoughts on the issue, contact Williamson County Schools or Ravenwood High School at:
Ravenwood High School
1724 Wilson Pike
Brentwood, TN 37027
Williamson County School Board
1320 West Main
Franklin, TN 37064