Morgan County Schools building new multipurpose central office

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MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – With various school building projects in the works, hundreds of students will start the new year in new school buildings.

In Morgan County, the leaders of the school district will have a new home in the fall. The superintendent says it’s because the district sold what they say was the most expensive land in the county.

Right now, there are all kinds of sounds coming from the campus of Priceville High School. They are construction workers building the Morgan County School District’s new central office.

“This is an office for all the central office staff.. It’s also going to be a meeting area. It’s also our boardroom,” said Morgan County Schools Superintendent Bill Hopkins. “Where we are presently at, it’s very outdated, it is not good for efficiency.”

Hopkins may not like the building he’s in right now, but he’s grateful for the land it sits on.

“We were sitting on the highest appraised property in Morgan County,” he said. “And when you have that kind of property and you’re not taking advantage of it, it puts the school systems all of those at a huge disadvantage.”

So, he said the school board did take advantage of it and sold 13 acres for $2.8 million. That paid for the new building valued at $1.5 million and a new bus and maintenance shop to be built elsewhere.

While crews work on the new site, Hopkins said ideas for the old site come with great possibility.

“They’re going to turn that into retail business which also benefits all of Morgan County.”

Even though crews have lost 40 days of construction time due to inclement weather so far, Hopkins believes the building should be ready for move-in by August.

The district also saved money because they already owned the land that the new central office and bus and maintenance center are being built on.