Officials cut the ribbon this afternoon on the $36.4 million Signal Mountain Middle-High School.
The school was a culmination of 50 years’ worth of hopes that one day Signal Mountain would have an elementary, middle and high school all on the mountain-top enclave, elected officials said during a standing-room-only ceremony in the school’s theater.
The two-story, 262,250-square-foot building is the picture of modern school buildings. It has two gymnasiums, a cafeteria with a picturesque mountain vista, a fine-arts wing with dedicated band and chorus rooms and computer labs and science facilities. The building is heated and cooled with a geo-thermal air-conditioning system.
Signal Mountain parents raised $3.5 million to help stock the school with books, band uniforms and science equipment, among other amenities, according to information from the Mountain Education Foundation, a newly formed organization dedicated to supporting schools on Signal Mountain.
The school will house grades 6 through 11 in its first year. It was built to house 1,230 students, but only 768 are expected to enroll in classes when school starts back Aug. 13.
Adam Crisp covers education issues for the Times Free Press. He joined the paper's staff in 2007 and initially covered crime, public safety, courts and general assignment topics. Prior to Chattanooga, Crisp was a crime reporter at the Savannah Morning News and has been a reporter and editor at community newspapers in southeast Georgia. In college, he led his student paper to a first-place general excellence award from the Georgia College Press Association. He earned ...