A Description of the School, Community and the Municipality in Which it is Located
Incorporated in 1854, Cookeville is located 79 miles east of Nashville and 101 miles west of Knoxville. Known locally as the “Hub of the Upper Cumberlands,” Putnam County encompasses some 408 square miles while Cookeville’s land area is 20.4 square miles. Cookeville (population 30,435) is the county seat of Putnam County and is one of four cities located within the county. The other municipalities are Algood (population 3,495), Baxter (population 1,365), and Monterey (population 2,850). Total population for Putnam County is about 72,321.
Cookeville itself is a regional center for employment, education, retail, heath care, recreational, and cultural activities. The Cookeville Putnam Chamber of Commerce recruits industries, which complement existing business and industry. Some of the major businesses/employers include Tennessee Technological University, Averitt Express and Cummings Filtration, and more recently, the addition of Oreck manufacturing.
Cookeville and Putnam County have a consolidated school system. The Putnam County Board of Education operates eighteen schools with an approximate enrollment of 10,137 average daily membership as of the most recent report card information. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredits all three high schools with Cookeville High serving as a vocational education center for all Putnam County Schools. Only one private school is in operation in Cookeville – Heavenly Host Lutheran School which schools approximately 104 children in kindergarten through grade 8.
Algood's School History:
In the fall of 2001, the new Algood School on Dry Valley Road was completed, catering to students from K-8 grade. The K-8 concept proved very popular with both students and parents, and true to the words of Mr. Richard Norton, "if you build it, they will come,". Soon the building was filled beyond capacity, housing both brilliant teachers and students alike. So , we continued to build.
In the spring of 2008, construction began on a new elementary school to accommodate the increased enrollment demand. Housed on the same campus, Algood Elementary opend in the fall of 2009 for K-4 students. To complement this new building, we converted the original school building into Algood Middle School for our 5-8 grade students. This allows us to continue to offer the thorough and proven K-8 concept, while also accommodating our growing student population.
For current school enrollment, diversity, achievements, etc: visit the following link. TN School Report Card