Session 38 - Addressing School Siting in the Greater Nashville Region

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The Nashville Area MPO hosted a School Siting Symposium in 2010 with keynote speakers Matt Dalbey from EPA and David Salvesen from UNC. Learn about the process the MPO went through to plan the Symposium and learn about school siting decision makers and processes in the region.

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Session 38 - Addressing School Siting in the Greater Nashville Region

  1. 1. Mayor Karl Dean, Chairman Addressing School Siting in the Greater Nashville Area Leslie A. Meehan, AICP Pro Walk/Pro Bike September 15, 2010
  2. 2. nashvillempo.org Safe Routes to School Walk to School Day – 1999 Safe Routes to School Training – 12 schools Safe Routes to School Train‐the‐Trainers Program But wait…what about new schools??
  3. 3. nashvillempo.org School Siting My ‘a‐ha’ moment! Photo Credits: David Salvesen, UNC
  4. 4. nashvillempo.org School Siting - Nationally School Consolidation 1930 2006 # Schools 238,000 97,382 # Students  28 million  55 million National Center for Educational Statistics, 2008 The Big Box Approach to Education Photo Credit: Nat’l Trust for Historic Preservation Photo Credit: David Salvesen, UNC
  5. 5. nashvillempo.org School Siting Policies Who decides where schools should go? What factors go into siting schools? What about the public?
  6. 6. nashvillempo.org School Siting Symposium Literature Review School Siting Survey and Interviews School Siting Symposium
  7. 7. nashvillempo.org Symposium Details Full‐day symposium with 2 national speakers, a  local panel and breakout sessions 125 Attendees from public and private sector Results: 2 Major Recommendations Host a training for school board members and  planning commissioners on school siting Include School Siting Guidelines in Community  Plans January 2010
  8. 8. nashvillempo.org Next Steps School Siting Project with Univ. Memphis and the Tennessee  Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations Safe Routes to School State Network Project Save the Children and Coordinated School Health
  9. 9. nashvillempo.org How to get started Learn about practices in your state and your community Find out about the decision makers  Host a training Read Why Johnny Can’t Walk to School and Helping Johnny  Walk to School Photo Credit: David Salvesen, UNC
  10. 10. Livability. Sustainability. Prosperity. Diversity. Leslie Meehan meehan@nashvillempo.org

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