published Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Under Construction: $1.7 million expansion underway for Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy

The Girls Leadership Academy recently purchased a building from Tennessee Temple and is spending $1.7 million to renovate it and add 16 classrooms. The building will be completed by the third week of July.
The Girls Leadership Academy recently purchased a building from Tennessee Temple and is spending $1.7 million to renovate it and add 16 classrooms. The building will be completed by the third week of July.
Photo by Connor Choate.

Project: Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy expansion

Location: 1800 Bailey Ave.

Size: 4,200 to 4,400 square feet

Contractor: Raines Brothers Inc.

Cost for project: $1.7 million

Scope: The Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy purchased this building from Tennessee Temple University in February and is now putting it through a major renovation to add 16 additional classrooms to the school. The new space will include a full-fledged art room, as well as both wet and dry laboratories.

Timeline: Work is underway now and is expected to be complete by late July, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy director Elaine Swafford said.

History: The Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy was always planning to expand, Swafford said, but didn't expect to be able to so quickly. The new facility will help the school serve a new incoming class of 65 students.

Future: This renovation is part of the school's effort to improve both physically and academically. "We're in a turnaround model," Swafford said. "That means that we've come in and are making a lot of changes. We applied for a school improvement grant and we're looking to really move the school forward."

about Shelly Bradbury...

Shelly Bradbury covers police and crime in Chattanooga and Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She's been with the paper since 2012, working first as an intern and then as a business reporter. She is from Houghton, New York, and graduated from Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in management. Before moving to Tennessee, Shelly previously interned with The Goshen News, The Sandusky Register and The Mint ...

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