The new Morgan County High School is here! Students bid farewell to the old school last week before Fall Break and returned Tuesday morning to a brand new state-of-the-art high school.
The new high school, of which the exterior features architecture reminscient of Classical Greek architecture, is the latest completion in a multiphase $56 million consolidated campus project. The new high school also houses the much-anticipated College and Career Academy. The new facilities are part of Morgan County’s effort to revamp education, according to Dr. James Woodard, superintendent of Morgan County Schools.
“I am most excited about the new program offerings which will be provided to students in Morgan County,” said Woodard. “The diversity in our high school programs means that all kids can find a place to engage and create a pathway to their future. We are striving for a balance between academics, fine arts, athletics and career/technical education.”
Students now have access to a complete Biotechnology lab with an adjoining aquaponics set up, a Mechatronics Engineering lab to support the program’s expansion, a school store with a large store-front window for the Marketing program, a “google room” for team projects connected to the library, a hands-on culinary lab attached to the cafeteria’s food services section, and more. The Daily Living space for students with special needs will consist of a classroom, a pull-out room, a living space for them to learn everyday tasks, and convenient access to both the Main Street and bus entrances.
The Airforce/JROTC suite include a firing range for their air rifles. The two-story building will possess enhancements of traditional features as well. A counseling suite is located near the cafeteria for students’ convenience and a new nurse’s office is open as well.
Now that the students are all moved in to the new high school, the old high school will soon be demolished and construction on the new middle school will commence.