The View 38002 January 2015

**************ECRWSS**** LOCAL POSTAL CUSTOMER PRSRT STD ECRWSS U.S. POSTAGE PAID EDDM RETAIL inform. educate. connect. Arlington & Lakeland’s Community Newspaper January 2015 theview theview “The Sooner, The Better” Lakeland Moves Ahead with Plans, Site Selection for Lakeland Prep Project By Terry Louderback Emotions ran strong as speakers at the December 11 Lakeland Board of Commissioners Meeting asked the city’s elected officials to move forward with the $50,000,000 middle/ high school project, seen as key to the suburb’s future growth. Other residents called for the board to allow a public referendum on the issuance of bonds to fund the project or to delay the project for a few years. A supporter of the Lakeland Prep project, Lakeland Mayor Wyatt Bunker was alone among the elected officials in his willingness to allow a special referendum on the bond issue. “An item this size ($50 million) on this many people (12,000) should go to a public vote,” Bunker stated, adding that he has no fears about it passing. Bunker’s resolution to call for a special election failed, however, when none of the commissioners seconded his motion. Ultimately, Commissioner Randy Nicholson reflected the view of the board when he agreed with com- Old Brownsville Road 0 ay 7 ghw Hi Canada Road Staff Photos The proposed site for Lakeland Prep, a project to construct a 262,000 square foot middle/high school in Lakeland lies just north of Highway 70 and east of Canada Road. Access to the site will include public streets from Canada Road and Old Brownsville Road, as well as a future connector to Highway 70. ments about the uncertainty of Lakeland’s secondary school bringing harm to the community. “If we wait 3-4 years to be sure, I don't think parents will wait,” said Nicholson. The resolution “authorizing the issuance of not to exceed fifty million dollars (of general obligation school bonds of the City of Lakeland, Tennessee” passed unanimously with Bunker abstaining. How that $50 million will be spent in building and furnishing Lakeland Prep was detailed in the Lakeland School System’s Five Year Capital Improvement Plan (see page 2), also approved by the Board of Commissioners at the December 11 meeting. Lakeland Prep supporters got a better idea of what $50 million would look like when consultant Southern Educational Services presented a site recommendation and preliminary schematic at the Lakeland School System (LSS) Board meeting on January 5. The schematic shows a single academic building situated on the west side of the property with athletic fields primarily clustered on eastern side along Scotts Creek. The design em- phasizes retaining “ e n v i r o n m e n t a l over 18 acres of study area” that is green space and planned to enhance natural treeline, including a 2-acre Continued on next page Special Election Update As per Tennessee law, opponents to the bond issuance had a 20-day window after the publication of the bond notice on December 16, 2014 to gather 827 signatures (10% of the number of registered Lakeland voters on that date) from registered voters in Lakeland in order to force a referendum on the issue. According to the Shelby County Election Commission, the petition and signatures were delivered to Lakeland as required and subsequently the City of Lakeland delivered them to the Shelby County Election Commission on January 6, 2015. The Election Commission has 15 days, or until January 21, to certify the signatures. The certification of signatures will be reported to the City of Lakeland and they will determine the timeline as to how things will proceed at that point. has until January 21 to certify the signatures and no date for a special election has been set. Inside this edition... All eyes were on 38002 as Arlington Hosted Penny Hardaway’s Hoopfest with live ESPN coverage. More photos on page 11 Meet Arlington’s New Librarian — p 4 Arlington Town News — p 5 Seniors — p 7 School News — starts on p 8 Views of 38002 Photo Page — p 12