Commencement of construction on the highly anticipated Trojan Century Center was celebrated Tuesday afternoon by members of the school district and individuals from the construction firm. Joey Skinner, president of the School Board, kicked off the ceremony by thanking all those who donated their time and money to make this project a reality. He shared his thoughts, expressing, “It’s humbling to see the type of community we live in. Everyone feels the benefit of these things for our children.” Members of the Morgan Board of Education then broke ground on the new facility. Each grasped a golden shovel and turned the first mounds of earth to mark the beginning of this long awaited undertaking.
In September of last year, Superintendent Adams asked the Morgan Education Foundation to raise money to help fund the cost of construction of the new PE facility. This request was made as a part of the commemoration of the centennial anniversary of Morgan High. The school district was able to take advantage of low cost money, part of the economic stimulus plan, to have interest free financing on the new facility. The district also began fundraising efforts to augment the funds from the bond. Final plans to use these funds were developed, approved, and the Trojan Century Center was born.
The Century Center plans call for a structure 150 feet by 290 feet. It will create room for the growing student body of the high school. Holding PE classes in the existing high school facility has been a challenge. The existing gym does not have room for the multiple gym classes being held. The new facility will allow the accomidation of multiple simultaneous classes. The facility will have basketball courts, a full-length track, and classrooms for health classes. The facility will also allow school teams, who need space to practice for spring sports, to do so during the winter months.
The school board has also indicated a desire to make the facility open for public use. Many details have yet to be worked out on this public use, but the facility will be a great addition to the community as well as the school.
The final schedule is still underway, but the school district is planning for the facility to be completed early in 2012. This will mean that it will be available for teams to practice for sports next year, and the facility may be available for the third trimester of classes.
The Education Foundation has been making steady progress on raising funds requested from the school district. They are, however, still seeking additional donations to complete the project. Superintendant Adams stated that an additional $200,000 is needed to continue construction beyond the main floor of the Trojan Center and main transportation shop. For more information on how you can donate or assist visit or call the district office at 240 East Young Street and 801-829-3411.