A new elementary school, opened in Fall 2005, the Cook Elementary School is innovatively designed to go beyond mandated requirements while remaining within budget.
Classrooms were designed substantially larger than state-mandated size, allowing additional space to incorporate technology into each classroom. In addition, advanced sound absorption and energy-saving features will keep both noise levels and energy costs low.
A new 140,000 square foot facility that accommodates 1,000 students from kindergarten through 12th grade on one site was completed in the spring of 2009. The facility was designed to incorporate future additions that would enlarge the facility to over 160,00 square feet for 1,300 students. Grades K through 5 are separated from grades 6 through 12 with a shared core area of administration, media, and cafeteria, which reduces administration costs.
Also included on the site are two gymnasiums, two music rooms and art suites, technology and special education classrooms and three vocational education suites. With all of the latest technology incorporated, the new facility provides Miller County with a state-of-the-art school that made the most effective use of their budget.
Chattahoochee Valley Academy is on the campus of the Chattahoochee County Middle and High School. The new 7,645 square foot addition opened in August of 2019 and approximately 28,000 square feet of renovations were opened for the previous school year. The facility was fueled by a $3.1 million state grant. The earned state funds were maximized, so the system did not incur any additional building costs.
Chattahoochee Valley Academy is a partnership between the Chattahoochee County School System, Columbus Technical College and the Business Community. CVA is a “wall-to-wall academy,” meaning it will serve all of the school’s more than 650 students in grades 9-12, plus introductory courses for grades 6-8.
CVA’s facility comprises automotive technology classroom and lab, eight welding bays, medical training clinic, studio for audio and visual productions, model early childhood classroom to train aspiring teachers, and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps training area and rifle range.