CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A modernization project is almost complete at Jackson-Via Elementary School in Charlottesville.

Several classrooms and learning spaces received a makeover over the summer, and new classroom furniture was brought in to create a collaborative learning environment.  These renovations are part of the city's modernization plan, and cost around $1 million. 

Inside, brick walls are now painted white to brighten up the area. You'll see more modern furniture throughout the main floor of the building, but the lower level of the school is where students and teachers will really notice a change. The fourth grade classrooms now have large open windows, and the lower common area is equipped to host community events. The auditorium floor has also been leveled, and stairs have been removed to make the space more accessible for everyone.

 "You can't help but be invigorated by these changes and the versatility of the furniture and classroom items,” said Principal Justin Malone. “I hope it just continues to catalyze excitement and flexibility in thinking and innovation."

These upgrades also coincide with Jackson-Via's 50th anniversary this year.

These projects are expected to be complete by the first day of school on August 21, though painting is not expected to be finished until winter break.