Chickamauga school officials hold dedication for new high school
CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. (WDEF) – Chickamauga City School District officials held a dedication for the new Gordon Lee Memorial High School on Monday.
The new building replaces the old one that was on the site for years.
“The high school that we had was built in 1930, served our community for 88 years, just a mainstay in the community for it was very difficult to let it go,” Chickamauga City School District Superintendent Melody Day said.
Students and teachers started moving into the new school before summer this year.
Day said construction on the $16 million project started in 2017 in front of the old school.
As for the old school, the decision was made for it to come down.
“The school was absolutely gorgeous still, but the infrastructure, the wiring, the lighting, the technology was never meant for a building that we had. It wasn’t able to uphold the technology demands, and you must have that in a school today,” Day said.
The new building provides some small, simple details that will have big impact for students and teachers, like having an elevator.
“The old school was two stories and there was not a working elevator in the two stories. So anytime we had something, we had to change our schedule around to fit the needs of our students, but like I said this is something that anybody could come in here at anytime and we can accommodate our students,” Principal Michael Langston said.
The old school was deconstructed over the summer, but moves were made to not forget the past.
Day said they took some things from the original building and incorporated them into the new.
That included a cornerstone that was unveiled Monday.
“We’re so pleased about the cornerstone. They were able to salvage that from a 1930s building and have it engraved with out it being damaged and it is now a permanent part of this structure,” Day said
The project isn’t completely finished.
There are still plans that include a parking lot and some landscaping.
The district was able to get state assistance with the project.
They hope to have everything finished by October.