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Cobb Cuts Ribbon on State-of-the-Art Eastvalley Replacement School

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Cobb Schools cuts ribbon on new Eastvalley Elementary School building.

20231016-East-Valley-ES-Ribbon-Cutting-16.jpgThe Cobb Schools community recently gathered outside the new expansive two-story Eastvalley Elementary School replacement school, where new visitors looked up and said, “Wow,” at the sight of the state-of-the-art facility. Marking the opening of the new school building, the Eastvalley Chorus performed “The Star-Spangled Banner.”  

Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the community stepped inside to tour the new school building that will continue a legacy of teaching and learning, which first began when Eastvalley originally opened in 1960.  

“I was blown away by the design and space; this new campus is exactly what our Eastvalley teachers and students deserve. You can tell they are proud to walk through the school doors, and I am grateful to the Superintendent and his team for making the community’s vision a reality. This school really has been a partnership with our East Cobb community, has been a long time coming, and without the voter's support for Ed-SPLOST, we wouldn't have been able to get this done,” said Cobb Schools Board Chair Brad Wheeler. 

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The new Eastvalley Elementary School has 60+ permanent classrooms, more than double the original school. The new space spans 150, 844 sf and includes two music rooms and two art rooms. Equipped with a modern sound system and top-of-the-line recording studio for the Eastvalley morning news program, students can also explore a learning commons three times larger than the one in their former school building.  

Eastvalley%20Replacement%20School%2010162023%20(21%20of%2052).jpg“A few spaces that our staff are most excited about is that we have 14 staff restrooms. I point this out because, in our previous building, we had three. We also have double the student restrooms. We have 13 work rooms here in this building, whereas, in our previous space, we had one. We had multiple storage areas, including a textbook room and a leveled book room,” added Dr. Whitney Spooner, Eastvalley principal. “Some of the spaces that our students are already loving and enjoying is our courtyard area for outdoor learning to playscapes, a large field, and a walking track.” 

For Dr. Spooner and others, one of the biggest advantages of the new campus is that the indoor learning spaces are all available under one roof.  

“[The new school building] marks a very significant step forward for our school and the community that we serve. Our new building is a testament to the dedication and hard work of many, from our diligent construction crews to our enthusiastic supporters. It's a space where young minds will learn, grow, and thrive. We look forward to creating countless memories and inspiring futures within these walls.” Eastvalley%20Replacement%20School%2010162023%20(52%20of%2052).jpg

The awe-inspiring Eastvalley campus, which serves students in kindergarten to 5th grade, is now located on 20 acres directly across from Wheeler High School on Holt Road. The new campus was once home to East Cobb Middle School, which moved into its own new taxpayer-funded facility in 2018 thanks to Ed-SPLOST. 

The Eastvalley replacement school is the final major replacement project on the taxpayer-funded Ed-SPLOST V list. Following the Cobb Schools fall break, Eastvalley students walked through the doors of their new school building on October 2. Due to supply chain issues, Eastvalley students started the school year inside the original school building.  

Before the Eastvalley Elementary School ribbon cutting, the Cobb community cut the ribbon on the new Betty Gray Middle School. 

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