The Morgan County Charter School System (MCCSS) is launching a new capital campaign with $1.5 million goal to raise the remaining costs for the new Morgan County High School, the College and Career Academy, and the new Morgan County Middle School. The fundraiser aims to ensure the school moves “Beyond the Basics” that are already funded through state and ESPLOST funds and acquire the extra funds needed to “Invest in Innovation” in order to provide the most efficient and advanced learning environment possible for Morgan County students.
The school system is asking the community to chip in with the funds to pay for the rest for certain elements that will transform the new consolidated campus into an “extraordinary” learning center. An anonymous donor has pledged a $500,000 match-grant to help the school system arrive at its financial goal.
“We are excited to participate in the capital campaign,” said Dr. James Woodard, superintendent of schools. “The campaign is designed to provide enhancements to the building project which will create an exciting learning environment for our students.”
“Together, we are constructing much more than a new high school. We are building an educational ecosystem that fosters experiential teaching that triggers inspiration and engages the minds of our students,” said a press release from the school system. “Together, we are changing the way classroom learning happens. Literally.”
The extra funds are the result of unforeseen costs associated with the building process, according to Woodard.
“As a result of the bids exceeding projected costs, aspects of the building were value engineered and some enhancements originally eliminated,” explained Woodard. “The campaign will assist the school system to bring back many of these aspects.”
The money raised from the school system’s new campaign will be used to cover the cost of a school auditorium, which is a vital component for the Fine Arts program and community events, lab equipment, landscaping, and improvements to the athletic field.
The new high school and CCA will include over 156,000 square feet of new learning spaces, 37 classrooms equipped with 21st Century technology, three fine arts classrooms, a media center, 14 lab spaces, an instructional gymnasium, new practice fields, a school store, and a café. The construction process is 40 percent of the way complete.
“This campaign will allow for community involvement to make sure that our students and teachers have buildings that maximize opportunities for learning and provide the finishing touches that will take our schools from ordinary to extraordinary!” said Jennifer Butler, CTAE director for the school system.
To contribute to the school’s capital campaign, checks made out to Morgan County High School – A Georgia CCA, Inc. and Pledge cards can be mailed to Morgan County High School, 1231 College Drive, Madison, GA 30650. Those wanting to donate via credit card or PayPal can go online to OneMorgan.org and select “Donate.”
“We need your help. Become a partner in this life-changing endeavor by joining our One Morgan Capital Campaign: Beyond the Basics – Investing in Innovation. We are depending on your generosity as we seek to make a positive impact on our community, improve lives and touch individuals for decades to come. By giving, you will provide the enhancements our programs and students need to succeed in a global society,” said a school system representative. “Through your donation or sponsorship, you have an opportunity to say: ‘I’m One!’ Your contribution to the Morgan County High School College & Career Academy will better equip our teachers to guide students toward individual career paths like never before! And, that’s the end game: To do nothing less than transform our students into college-ready freshmen and job-ready young adults.”