CSLA Holds Annual Auction And Carnival

Sunday, March 23, 2014 - by Jim Ashley

The Chattanooga School for Liberal Arts on East Brainerd Road hosted its annual auction and carnival on Saturday with hundreds of students, parents, teachers and local government officials, including County Mayor Jim Coppinger and County Commissioner Tim Boyd, participating. 

The event is the CSLA PTA’s largest fundraiser that helps pay for many of the programs that help  the school's students.

The Hamilton County School Board recently put together a priority facilities list for the first time since 1999. The list contains six schools that officials said are in great need of either renovations or a new building because of both growth and age. 

CSLA is one of six schools on that list, but County Mayor Coppinger on Wednesday recommended that the county proceed only with the construction of a new Ganns-Middle Valley Elementary School, as well as additions at Nolan Elementary, Sale Creek School and Wolftever Elementary. 

Commissioner Boyd said he would favor doubling the amount of new funds for school building to $100 million.  CSLA is an award-winning and nationally recognized K-8 magnet school. Students must apply and are selected by lottery; the wait list is already at 1,283 students.

If a new building were built, the school would be able to expand to K-12. The approximate cost is $45 million.


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