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Parents concerned over maintenance at Metro school

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

One of Nashville's shining schools when it comes to test scores hasn't looked so great on the inside.

At a meeting with district leaders and maintenance officials Tuesday, many Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School parents expressed concern about rust on window grates, mold on exposed pipes and water damage that is causing entire walls to peel.

While Metro Nashville Public Schools officials say it is no secret MLK is in need of capital repairs, they also say they've already fixed the worst of it.

The school is part of the district's 10-year master plan, but isn't slated for major improvements until 2015.

Parents say they are getting frustrated with the wait.

"They look at the budget and keep seeing these things slip, so they think, 'Well, next year we'll get something.' And then next year comes, and it doesn't happen. So we're poking them to figure out when is 'next year' going to come and what can we do to fix some of these endemic problems," said parent Theo Wellington.

Parents also say a leak in the roof is causing a lot of problems, including computers that had to be replaced due to water damage.

District leaders say they are handling the issues that can be fixed, but acknowledge a lot of schools need help, too.

"We were here a year and a half ago and there could have been a number of issues that develop in that year and a half. When something becomes known to us, we take a look at it. That could change its ranking, which could change its status on the list," said Ken Murdoch, Metro director of planning and construction.

Fixing the most critical problems in the district will require an estimated $1.2 billion over the next decade. One big cost is replacing things like old cooling units with equipment that is more energy efficient.

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