At long last, Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts welcomes students to a new building

Staff Photo by Olivia Ross / Students wait in the hallway, taking a tour of the school. CSLA welcomes students back to school in their new building on August 10, 2022.
photo Staff Photo by Olivia Ross / Students wait in the hallway, taking a tour of the school. CSLA welcomes students back to school in their new building on August 10, 2022.

Kindergarten teacher Jamie Behler was the first to open the doors of the Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts when it debuted in 1991.

Just over 30 years later, and keeping with tradition, Behler opened the doors to its brand new campus at the former Lakeside Elementary School - a long-awaited moment for staff and parents.

Wednesday was the first day of school for Hamilton County Schools. Work at CSLA is ongoing, but it's ready for younger students, who were welcomed back to a fresh, modern building.