By Chris Cannon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Metro Nashville Public Schools board approved leases that put two charter schools one step closer to moving into new locations.
Liberty Collegiate Academy would enter into a lease with the school district to rent the old Jere Baxter School on Gallatin Road in East Nashville. The monthly rent for the building would be $14,121.80 a month.
Board members also approved a lease for Nashville Prep, a charter school that is currently housed at the Tennessee State University Avon Williams Campus in downtown Nashville.
The school has been at that location for two years and has been looking for a permanent home.
The school would move into the McCann School building on 56th Avenue in west Nashville. It is a ten year lease, with rent just over $11,000.00 a month.
More than a hundred parents, students and teachers came to Tuesday night's school board meeting, wearing read, to show board members the support for the move from downtown Nashville.
"Our parents have come out today because they have seen what we're are capable of doing, for now two years, and they know we've go their back and we're going to get their kids to and through college," said Ravi Gupta, the school's director.
Nashville Prep currently houses 5th and 6th grades and will expand to a 7th grade class next year.
The McCann Building is older and needs a lot of work, but that has not stopped Nashville Prep from trying to move there.
"It's good enough for us. We don't need anything fancy, we just need a reliable building and a promise from Metro Nashville Schools to work with us as a partner," Ravi said.
Many parents, who attended the meeting, said they will be glad when Nashville Prep moves out of the downtown location because it comes with a lot of difficulties.
"Picking up your children after, it's a busy street. Just making sure you have a parking spot. And trying to stay after 5 o'clock," said parent Giselle Beene.
The leases for both Collegiate Academy and Nashville Prep still need the approval from Metro Council.
If the leases are approved, both schools would open in August.