A breakdown on what the Hamilton County’s school facilities working group recommends for each school

Staff photo by Olivia Ross / Students arrive at Dalewood Middle School on Aug. 9 for the first day of school.
Staff photo by Olivia Ross / Students arrive at Dalewood Middle School on Aug. 9 for the first day of school.

The Hamilton County school facilities working group revealed its recommendations for handling the district's facilities crisis Thursday.

The report recommends a two-phase, seven-year plan that proposes around $200 million in school renovations and construction.

Over the course of the plan, three new schools would be built, seven schools would be renovated or receive additions, six schools would be closed and three schools would move to new locations. Additional schools would be modernized or expanded in the latter half of the plan to meet the district's growth and to prioritize efficiency.

Community feedback, a funding plan and approval from the school board and County Commission are needed before any of the recommendations can be implemented.

(READ MORE: Hamilton County school facilities plan recommends renovations, school closures)

Check out the plan for each phase, or search for your school below.

Phase one

— Expand Eastside and East Lake elementary schools, which will allow for the closure of Clifton Hills Elementary.

— Expand Daisy Elementary and close Soddy Daisy Middle to create a K-12 experience on the current shared campus of Daisy Elementary and Soddy Daisy High.

— Expand and renovate Brainerd High and close Dalewood Middle to create a 6-12 campus.

— Build a new elementary school on the current DuPont Elementary site that consolidates three of the four area schools (Alpine Crest, DuPont, Hixson and Rivermont) onto one campus.

— Renovate the former Cigna campus into an expansion of East Brainerd Elementary.

— Expand Thrasher Elementary.

— Renovate Lookout Valley Elementary and Lookout Valley Middle/High.

— Build a new high school at the former Gateway campus.


Phase two

— Increase magnet school seats by relocating Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts to a new downtown building and relocating Normal Park Upper and Lower.

— Prioritize efficiency by exploring more co-located middle-high schools and maximizing the usage of underutilized facilities, like Woodmore Elementary.

— Modernize aging schools, like Big Ridge Elementary, Hixson High, Central High, Ooltewah High and East Ridge High.

— Expand schools in areas with growing populations.

Contact Shannon Coan at scoan@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6396.

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