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Board Approves Purchase of Property For Transportation Facility

Article Date: 
10 December, 2010 - 06:00

The Morgan County Board of Education approved the purchase of 8.65 acres of property for the intent of constructing a new transportation facility on the site.  
The property is located along the north end of Commercial Street and adjacent to the county fairgrounds. The ground was sold to the district for $39,885 per acre.  The Board will pay for the property using a portion of their pay-as-you–go fund.
“This is a wise and sound expenditure,” remarked President Joey Skinner, “It places the facility in an area away from residential buildings, allows us to use some of our other holdings for school building or playground expansion, and increases the safety factor for students.”
Similar ground in the city was recently sold to another state agency for approximately $87,000 per acre.
A short list of construction managers/general contractors was also selected from RFP submittals.  A special board session will be held December 14 at 3:00 P.M. to interview these candidates and name a firm for the construction of the transportation facility and P.E./activities center.  The district hopes to break ground for these projects in late March, early April of 2011.
Negotiations are also continuing with Morgan City and Morgan County on the possible construction of a bridge across the Weber River connecting East Young Street with Commercial Street.  The three entities are hoping to secure state and federal funding for the project.  Government officials agree this project is of high priority and would help alleviate traffic and safety concerns near Morgan Elementary and Morgan High School.
Superintendent Ken Adams unveiled a new logo and mission statement for the district.  The logo emphasizes the vision of the four schools standing united in education excellence.  The mission statement seeks to create a challenging learning environment that emphasizes literacy and numeracy.  It also addresses the community’s goal to work together in preparing students for productive adulthood.  The statement reads, “The Morgan County School District Community stands united in the pursuit of educational excellence.  It is our mission to create a challenging learning environment that emphasizes literacy and numeracy.  We seek to assist students as they prepare for responsible citizenship, meaningful work, advanced education, and life-long learning.”
The 2011-12 school calendar was also adopted.  Students will begin school on August 23, 2011 and end school on May 24, 2012.  Fall break will coincide with the annual UEA convention, October 20 and 21 and graduation will be held on May 25.
Utah State Representative Mel Brown and Utah State School Board Representative Tami Pyfer addressed the Board.  Brown has been named as a chair of the executive appropriations committee.  He indicated that while the economy is starting to improve, the state still faces serious financial challenges.  “We’re just not going to be able to fund programs at the levels people would like,” remarked Brown.
Mrs. Pyfer informed the board regarding upcoming changes in the curriculum, and her desire not to have state school board elections to become partisan elections.
Renn Hoopes shared information on the realignment for the next two years.  Morgan will compete in Region 11 with Bear River, Ben Lomond, Grantsville, Ogden, Stansbury, and Tooele.