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June 7, 2013

It was standing room only in the Morgan City offices for a town hall meeting with six resident panelists prepared to offer options to the voted local levy.

It was standing room only in the Morgan City offices for a town hall meeting with six resident panelists prepared to offer options to the voted local levy.

June 6, 2013

The past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to reflect on this school year and all the intricate details that make up our educational system.  It reminded me of a quote I heard recently:

The past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to reflect on this school year and all the intricate details that make up our educational system.  It reminded me of a quote I heard recently:

June 3, 2013

Ken Adams, the current Morgan County School District superintendent, will retire from his post in June.

Ken Adams, the current Morgan County School District superintendent, will retire from his post in June.  

June 3, 2013

It was standing room only in the Morgan City offices for a town hall meeting with six resident panelists prepared to offer options to the voted local levy.
Jim Bledsoe, a four-year county resident who plans to vote against the levy, acted as moderator.  The panelists included the following four residents, who are all planning to vote against the levy: Brent Anderson, local businessman; John Barber, who operated Barber Brothers Ford for 14 years; Kera Birkeland, small business owner; Joe McFarland, father of four children who have gone through Morgan schools.
Panelist Tina Cannon, a tax professional and mother of four, said she is undecided on how she will vote on June 25’s ballot.  Panelist Jennie Earl, a 10-year resident with a master’s degree in elementary education, did not want to comment on if she was pro- or anti-levy.

It was standing room only in the Morgan City offices for a town hall meeting with six resident panelists prepared to offer options to the voted local levy.

April 26, 2013

Many different opinions were aired at the last community meeting hosted by the Morgan County School District discussing the voted local levy. The April 18 meeting was held at Morgan Elementary School and was one of the last of the 18 meetings the district scheduled to disseminate information regarding the levy that will be on the June 25 ballot.

Many different opinions were aired at the last community meeting hosted by the Morgan County School District discussing the voted local levy. The April 18 meeting was held at Morgan Elementary School and was one of the last of the 18 meetings the district scheduled to disseminate information regarding the levy that will be on the June 25 ballot.

April 20, 2013

The Morgan County School District announced its selection for its next superintendent of schools.

The Morgan County School District announced its selection for its next superintendent of schools. 
Dr. Doug Jacobs from Kanab will take over as Morgan’s new superintendent July 1.  Ken Adams will step down as superintendent June 30.

March 25, 2013

Joey Skinner exchanged one public figure hat for another when he was named Morgan Utah’s new stake president and resigned from his position on the Morgan County School District Board of Education all within the same week.

Joey Skinner exchanged one public figure hat for another when he was named Morgan Utah’s new stake president and resigned from his position on the Morgan County School District Board of Education all within the same week.

March 3, 2013

Eight months after opening the Trojan Century Center, Morgan school officials are saying the facility is seeing a lot of use.

Eight months after opening the Trojan Century Center, Morgan school officials are saying the facility is seeing a lot of use.
“It is doing what it was intended to do,” Superintendent Ken Adams said.  

March 3, 2013

At the advice of the Utah School Boards Association, the Morgan County School Board passed a new employee personal firearms policy.

At the advice of the Utah School Boards Association, the Morgan County School Board passed a new employee personal firearms policy.

March 3, 2013

As school district officials make final touches to documents they plan to use when educating the public about the June voted leeway, they have mentioned which programs may suffer if the leeway doesn’t pass.

As school district officials make final touches to documents they plan to use when educating the public about the June voted leeway, they have mentioned which programs may suffer if the leeway doesn’t pass.

February 28, 2013

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings, the Morgan School District is updating its emergency preparedness plan and evaluating the safety of its schools.

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings, the Morgan School District is updating its emergency preparedness plan and evaluating the safety of its schools.

February 16, 2013

The Morgan County School Board is gearing up for a June 2013 voted leeway.

The Morgan County School Board is gearing up for a June 2013 voted leeway.
They invited Christine Kearl, Governor Gary Herbert’s deputy education director, to share with them how she successfully passed both a voted leeway and bond while she was superintendent of schools in Rich County.  

December 18, 2012

The Morgan County School Board’s decision not to participate in the SHARP survey may lead to loss of prevention services provided by Weber Human Services.

The Morgan County School Board’s decision not to participate in the SHARP survey may lead to loss of prevention services provided by Weber Human Services.

December 18, 2012

The Morgan County School Board got a grim outlook for the future of state education funding during their annual presentation to legislators.

The Morgan County School Board got a grim outlook for the future of state education funding during their annual presentation to legislators.
With a small tax base and above-state average family sizes, Morgan County has a unique school district compared to others in the state, Rep. Mel Brown, R-Coalville, said.

December 18, 2012

Looking at some news articles that I wrote for The Morgan County News over 20 years ago, I found one about Kris Carrigan in the May 29, 1992, edition. He was one of the subjects of a segment, “Youth in the workforce.” 

Looking at some news articles that I wrote for The Morgan County News over 20 years ago, I found one about Kris Carrigan in the May 29, 1992, edition. He was one of the subjects of a segment, “Youth in the workforce.” 

November 24, 2012

The D.A.R.E. program may be poised to make a comeback to the Morgan County School District.

The D.A.R.E. program may be poised to make a comeback to the Morgan County School District.

November 20, 2012

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, nearly 2,000 students and faculty members from Morgan High, Morgan Middle and Morgan Elementary schools participated in a full evacuation drill.  This drill led them roughly a half mile from the school grounds to Wilkinson Construction.  

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, nearly 2,000 students and faculty members from Morgan High, Morgan Middle and Morgan Elementary schools participated in a full evacuation drill.  This drill led them roughly a half mile from the school grounds to Wilkinson Construction.  

November 10, 2012

Once a week for three weeks, a student in a Morgan High School classroom passed out while attending Mr. Rock’s health class during first or second period.

Once a week for three weeks, a student in a Morgan High School classroom passed out while attending Mr. Rock’s health class during first or second period.

November 10, 2012

 
Board to experience busy 2013 year
The Morgan County School Board is anticipating a busy 2013 year with a voted leeway on the ballot and the need to hire a new superintendent.

Board to experience busy 2013 year
The Morgan County School Board is anticipating a busy 2013 year with a voted leeway on the ballot and the need to hire a new superintendent.

November 10, 2012

If you believe in ghosts or not, there seems to be something haunting Morgan High School.

If you believe in ghosts or not, there seems to be something haunting Morgan High School.

November 3, 2012

Morgan Elementary School , Middle School, and Morgan High School will be having an evacuation drill at 9:45 a.m. Oct. 10, in preparation  for a chemical spill or events such as a dam break.  Superintendent Ken Adams, staff from the district, the schools and Morgan County Sherriff’s office will be along the route to maintain order for approximately 1,600 students. They will be leaving the schools and meeting above Wilkinson’s Construction on 1st South.  Please treat this area as a school zone to help us make this a seamless evacuation.

 Morgan Elementary School , Middle School, and Morgan High School will be having an evacuation drill at 9:45 a.m. Oct.

October 11, 2012

Although the Morgan County Council prepared an offer to purchase the former bus garage property on State Street, the Morgan County School Board decided to accept  another offer from a commercial entity.

Although the Morgan County Council prepared an offer to purchase the former bus garage property on State Street, the Morgan County School Board decided to accept  another offer from a commercial entity.

October 11, 2012

In the middle of real estate negotiations with the Morgan County School District, Morgan County officials said they were wrongly cut off.

 
In the middle of real estate negotiations with the Morgan County School District, Morgan County officials said they were wrongly cut off.

August 16, 2012

Soon after parents buy the new school clothes, pack the backpacks, and pay registration fees, they will be facing another school-related expense: new taxes.  On a split 3-2 vote, the Morgan County School Board narrowly passed a tax that will increase the property tax on a $200,000 home $14.96 a year. 

Soon after parents buy the new school clothes, pack the backpacks, and pay registration fees, they will be facing another school-related expense: new taxes.  On a split 3-2 vote, the Morgan County School Board narrowly passed a tax that will increase the property tax on a $200,000 home $14.96 a year. 

August 16, 2012

In the throws of budget turmoil, the Morgan County School District is motivated to sell its old bus garage property on State Street. Superintendent Ken Adams said there has been interest in outside parties purchasing the commercial property, including renewed interest from Morgan County.  The school board went into executive session Tuesday to discuss real estate negotiations with the county.  They planned to have something in writing for the Morgan County Council to consider during their Aug. 21 meeting.

Sale of old bus garage discussed

July 30, 2012

The new Trojan Century Center has become an unnecessary stumbling block in discussions regarding the need to increase property taxes to fund education.  

The new Trojan Century Center has become an unnecessary stumbling block in discussions regarding the need to increase property taxes to fund education.  

July 30, 2012

The new Trojan Century Center has become an unnecessary stumbling block in discussions regarding the need to increase property taxes to fund education.  

The new Trojan Century Center has become an unnecessary stumbling block in discussions regarding the need to increase property taxes to fund education.  

July 23, 2012

The Morgan School District’s financial situation is so complicated, it is going to take a combination of many options to solve, or even squeak by from year to year, school board members agreed.  The solution rests on raising taxes, a voted leeway, and possibly even more cuts that could directly affect the classroom.

The Morgan School District’s financial situation is so complicated, it is going to take a combination of many options to solve, or even squeak by from year to year, school board members agreed.  The solution rests on raising taxes, a voted leeway, and possibly even more cuts that could directly affect the classroom.

July 6, 2012

District begins WSU rental fee, lease for energy savings
A revenue shortage has the Morgan County School District thinking creatively this year. 

District begins WSU rental fee, lease for energy savings

July 6, 2012

Two weeks after voting to delay a property tax increase, the Morgan County School Board is reconsidering.  They have set a July 12 date to hold a public meeting, where they may vote to move forward with raising taxes as early as this November in order to build a contingency fund into the district’s budget.

 
Two weeks after voting to delay a property tax increase, the Morgan County School Board is reconsidering.  They have set a July 12 date to hold a public meeting, where they may vote to move forward with raising taxes as early as this November in order to build a contingency fund into the district’s budget.

July 6, 2012

Although the Morgan County School Board voted to dip into pay-as-you-go funds to balance the “bare bones” budget this year, they are promising the tax payers a tax increase next year.

 
Although the Morgan County School Board voted to dip into pay-as-you-go funds to balance the “bare bones” budget this year, they are promising the tax payers a tax increase next year.

July 6, 2012

The Morgan School District is developing a new policy governing fund-raising and donations.  Not only does it put restrictions on the type of fund-raising allowed in schools, it also protects local merchants and assigns guidelines for vendors and advertisers wishing to solicit students and district employees.

The Morgan School District is developing a new policy governing fund-raising and donations.  Not only does it put restrictions on the type of fund-raising allowed in schools, it also protects local merchants and assigns guidelines for vendors and advertisers wishing to solicit students and district employees.

July 6, 2012

 
The school district is in financial trouble, enough that two top administrators are doing something drastic to save costs.
Superintendent Ken Adams announced his retirement, effective April 16, 2013.  The state retirement board has already approved the move, Adams said.

The school district is in financial trouble, enough that two top administrators are doing something drastic to save costs.
Superintendent Ken Adams announced his retirement, effective April 16, 2013.  The state retirement board has already approved the move, Adams said.

May 30, 2012

Donors, students, county residents, school district officials, and former and current administrators gathered Tuesday to officially cut the ribbon marked “the next 100 years,” and open the new Trojan Century Center.

Donors, students, county residents, school district officials, and former and current administrators gathered Tuesday to officially cut the ribbon marked “the next 100 years,” and open the new Trojan Century Center.

March 10, 2012

The graduating class of 2012 will see the end of a long-standing tradition at Morgan High School.  The class presidency requested that the graduation ceremony be moved from the Morgan High School Auditorium to Weber State University due to the growing graduating class size and limited space at the high school.

 

The graduating class of 2012 will see the end of a long-standing tradition at Morgan High School.  The class presidency requested that the graduation ceremony be moved from the Morgan High School Auditorium to Weber State University due to the growing graduating class size and limited space at the high school.

February 4, 2012

Winter has finally arrived to Morgan.  With the cold weather kids don’t want to go out to the bus.  As a parent you hate to have your child waiting in the cold longer than necessary. The solution to both is OnTimeBus.  

Winter has finally arrived to Morgan.  With the cold weather kids don’t want to go out to the bus.  As a parent you hate to have your child waiting in the cold longer than necessary. The solution to both is OnTimeBus.  

December 29, 2011

Douglas Hunt of Modern Woodmen presents Superintendent Ken Adams and Principal Wade Murdock with a $3,000 check for the Trojan Century Center. The Center is expected to be completed by the end of January.  Many in the community have rallied around the project and the Morgan Education Foundation continues to receive donations from individuals, families, organizations and businesses.

October 17, 2011

Recently, it was decided in a meeting with Morgan School District Superintendent Ken Adams and Special Education Director, Steven Wood, what to do with the money that was raised from the community theatre’s production of “Annie”.

 

Recently, it was decided in a meeting with Morgan School District Superintendent Ken Adams and Special Education Director, Steven Wood, what to do with the money that was raised from the community theatre’s production of “Annie”.

September 15, 2011

A divided school board decided to leave bus times for Morgan Elementary at the current times despite a request from school administration and calls from parents.  The school district decided to change Morgan Elementary bus routes to pick up children ten minutes earlier than last year when they announced the new school breakfast program.  “This is the biggest number of complaints in a long time,” said school district superintendent Ken Adams.

 

July 21, 2011

In a surprise move, Member Ned Mecham brought the issue of the purchase of land adjacent to the fair grounds back to the county council agenda.  Mecham has been a consistent proponent of the purchase of the land, but had been unable to muster the votes necessary to pass the purchase at a price the school board would approve.  

 

July 19, 2011

The school board considered options for managing the long-term growth in the county on Tuesday night.  The district faces a situation where the high school is at capacity and needs to be replaced or have additional space created added on.  There are also long term projections that show crowding issues developing at the middle school and ultimately at the elementary schools.  

 

April 15, 2011

 

By Superintendent Ken Adams

 

Did you know that children spend 78% of their waking hours (including weekends and holidays) outside of school.  The University of Michigan has compiled data from a number of sources which indicate that parental involvement in this time away from the classroom has a significant impact on student performance.  

 

By Superintendent Ken Adams

March 5, 2011

 

By Superintendent Ken Adams

 

A few years ago, while dealing with some serious issues and looking for a silver lining, I decided to change my choice of words when discussing challenges.  Turning a negative into a positive I now call them “Opportunities for Growth”.  I’ve also altered my salutation to those who ask, “How are you?”  Rather than using the stale phrase, “Fine”, I look them in the eye and say with enthusiasm, “I’m glad to be living in America!”

 

By Superintendent Ken Adams

February 26, 2011

By Superintendent Ken Adams

It is difficult to keep abreast of the many major events transpiring in our world today. The continuing recession, governmental upheaval in the Middle East, the escalation of commodity prices, and catastrophic weather occurrences are just a few.  All of this and more is enough to make your head spin!

By Superintendent Ken Adams

It is difficult to keep abreast of the many major events transpiring in our world today. The continuing recession, governmental upheaval in the Middle East, the escalation of commodity prices, and catastrophic weather occurrences are just a few.  All of this and more is enough to make your head spin!

February 18, 2011

2011 is a centennial year in Morgan.  It is the 100th anniversary of the fair.  The fair board is hard at work making plans for a celebration to mark this momentous anniversary.

2011 is a centennial year in Morgan.  It is the 100th anniversary of the fair.  The fair board is hard at work making plans for a celebration to mark this momentous anniversary.

February 18, 2011

“I am just a kid from Porterville…This is where my heart is and  where I want to serve is Morgan County,“ said Ken Adams, Morgan County School Superintendent.  Adams was born in Porterville, one of eight children in his family.  His father worked at the cement plant for forty-five years.  He also raised cattle, sheep, and mink.

 

December 31, 2010

In June Morgan Elementary Principle Laraine Whitear died of cancer.  Speaking of Whitear, Superintendant Ken Adams said, “Laraine was one of the kindest human beings I have ever been privileged to associate with.

December 31, 2010

Story Number three is Ken Adams as Superintendant.  Adams has long been a part of Morgan life.  He has contributed time energy and results to the education of Morgan’s Children.

Story Number three is Ken Adams as Superintendant.  Adams has long been a part of Morgan life.  He has contributed time energy and results to the education of Morgan’s Children.

November 7, 2010

One of my assignments as an administrator in Morgan School District is the Safe and Drug Free Coordinator for the district. With this responsibility comes an awareness of the issues related to Risk and Protective Factors that affect students.

One of my assignments as an administrator in Morgan School District is the Safe and Drug Free Coordinator for the district. With this responsibility comes an awareness of the issues related to Risk and Protective Factors that affect students.

September 25, 2010

After spending a great deal of time and effort searching for a new superintendent, the Board of Education decided that the most qualified candidate was already in the district.  Wednesday evening Ken Adams was named the new Superintendent of Schools for Morgan County replacing Ron Wolff who will begin serving as the superintendent in Box Elder County on July 1.

After spending a great deal of time and effort searching for a new superintendent, the Board of Education decided that the most qualified candidate was already in the district.  Wednesday evening Ken Adams was named the new Superintendent of Schools for Morgan County replacing Ron Wolff who will begin serving as the superintendent in Box Elder County on July 1.