CCSD Staff Cut Ribbon on New Mountain View Elementary School Building

Cobb County School District and Mountain View staff cut the ribbon on the new building July 27.

They had the customary new book bags, new shoes, new clothes, and new teachers, but Mountain View Elementary School students also started the school year with something that hasn’t been replaced in almost 50 years—a new school building.

The smell of fresh paint still lingered in the halls as parents and students took the first steps into the new Mountain View Elementary building for Sneak-a-Peek following the school’s ribbon cutting ceremony July 27.

“Mountain View became a school July 26, 1928. Eighty-nine years and one day later, we are dedicating this new building back to you, the community,” Mountain View Principal Dr. Renee Garriss told those in attendance. “We hope to be here at least 89 more years.”

Construction on the 144,320 square foot building began in February 2016. Cobb County voters approved the $23.4 million Mountain View replacement school as part of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPOLST) IV in March 2013.

“It is because of SPLOST dollars that we are able to build these new facilities for the community, parents, students and staff to take pride in,” said Cobb County School District Superintendent Chris Ragsdale. “Because of SPLOST, we can brag as a district about how we are no longer in debt. There are not too many districts in the country that can say that.”

Her daughter attended Mountain View when Susan Tucker, the chair for the Mountain View school council, helped launch the journey four years ago to build the new school building. Her daughter is now in high school, but that hasn’t stopped Tucker’s support for the new construction.

“This is an important event for our community,” Tucker explained. “By opening a new school after having so many issues at the other school, we are able to have a healthy learning environment for our staff and students. By having the other school sold, we have an important development area for our community.”

Over its almost 90-year history as a school in Cobb County, Mountain View Elementary has prepared countless children for success. Some of those alumni still have memories of their time at Mountain View more than 50 years after they left the school.

When Carolyn Meadows left Mountain View in 1953, the school served first through ninth graders. She described the area around the school as farmland and rural with lots of dirt roads. She lauded the school community for its family-like feel. Her fondest memory was playing basketball.

“I loved my teachers. They were great,” she added.

She wanted to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new school because she still calls the school and area around it, home.

Frank Wigington proudly showed off his Mountain View yearbook from when he attended the school decades ago. He walked into the school as a first grader in 1958 and attended until he left for what is now Daniell Middle School.

“My favorite memories are the friends I made,” said Wigington, who played a role in getting the new Mountain View built with SPLOST dollars.

More than five decades later, he has not lost touch with the friends he made at Mountain View in the first grade. He still meets them for lunch.

Mountain View students, who started school on July 31, will follow in the footsteps of Wigington and Meadows and make memories that will survive the next half-century.