New MCHS and CCA

Tia Lynn Ivey Featured, News

The construction project for the new Morgan County High School (MCHS) and College and Career Academy (CCA) campus is nearly 30 percent of the way completed. According to Dr. James Woodard, superintendent of Morgan County Schools, as of Dec. 15, the construction project reached 29 percent completion. 

“Construction continues to progress on time,” said Woodard.  “Most of the concrete on grade has been poured and a section of the second level concrete is poured.”

This portion of the construction project, which has “the bones” of the buildings on display, is giving bystanders a better visual conception of what the grand, final product will look like.

“I continue to experience a high degree of excitement from students, teachers, parents, and community about the project,” said Woodard.

The new high school and CCA comprise $26.7 millionw of the school system’s consolidated campus project. The entire project is estimated to cost $46.1 million and will include a new middle school. According to Woodard, the new high school and CCA will be completed in October 2018. The new middle school is set to be completed in December 2019.  According to Woodard, The Parrish Construction Group’s crew is working diligently and smoothly as the erect the framework of the new high school and CCA.

According to Woodard in an interview earlier this year, the style of the building will be modeled after “The Greek Revival” and will be faced with dark red bricks.

“It’s going to be a simply beautiful piece of architecture,” said Woodard.

Woodard also anticipates that the new cut-through road between Main Street and East Avenue to the bypass will begin construction over the summer. But the new road will not be usable until the new high school and CCA open in October.

Families with children attending MCHS should keep an ear out at the beginning of 2018 when the school system will publicly release information on coming changes at the high school. 

“The roll-out of the programmatic changes will occur in January,” said Woodard.

Some of those changes will include switching to a “block” schedule in which students will have four 90-minute classes each semester as opposed to seven 60-minute classes in a semester.

This will allow for eight courses to be offered to students throughout the year, instead of seven.

“It will give students broader options when choosing a pathway,” said Woodard.

The CCA will feature four academies for students to better hone their chosen career path. There will be a fine arts academy, a business and IT academy, a human services academy and a sciences academy that will also offer programs in biotechnology and agriculture.

Woodard likened the structure of the CCA as “having schools within a school.”

The IB Program (International Baccalaureate) and The AP Program (Advanced Placement) will also be enhanced and refocused once students make the transition into the new high school.

The Morgan County Citizen will continue to report on the progress of the new MCHS and CCA has new milestones are reached in coming months.

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