MORGAN -- Morgan High School's new PE facility has a name that's rallying the community and the Morgan Education Foundation around fundraising events.
Dubbed "Trojan Century Center," the almost 44,000-square-foot facility is being built 100 years after students first entered the halls of Morgan High.
Morgan School District officials are revealing architectural depictions and floor plans for the new facility.
With the $4 million low-interest loan recently obtained from the Federal Qualified School Construction Bond, district officials plan to include a full-size basketball court with a rubberized teraflex floor that also could be used for two volleyball courts, an approximately 400-meter track with a running surface, and a field of artificial turf.
Soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, golf and football teams would all be able to use the facility for indoor practices. Using nets that drop from the ceiling, the areas can be separated and even used for batting practice.
"It really is unlimited what we can do," said D'Lynn Poll, the district's business administrator. "We could have three to four PE classes in there at one time."
Plans also call for restrooms, changing areas, storage for sports equipment, a fitness center, a classroom and temporary rollaway seating for spectators.
District officials would also like a mezzanine level above the restrooms to be used for spectator seating, more storage, coaches' offices and a team/conference room.
However, the $4 million may not be enough, so district officials are calling on the Morgan Education Foundation and community to help out.
The hope is to raise an additional $400,000 to construct the basketball court, mezzanine and downstairs fitness/classroom areas.
For any individual or group wishing to donate, district officials have separated needs into easily identifiable chunks for items such as a sound system, acoustic ceiling, portable bleachers, scoreboard, basketball standards and player benches.
Major donors likely will be recognized on a wall.
If community fundraising doesn't produce enough money, district officials may kick in an additional $250,000 from the capital projects fund to pay for the basketball court.
A separate part of the building will house a ticket booth, concession stand, public restroom and storage area that would be accessible to the nearby football field.
"There is a huge need for new restroom facilities," Poll said. "We've been talking about it for years."
The $4 million will also go toward constructing a 5,800-square-foot transportation facility to house the district's 20 buses. The bus garage will have three enclosed mechanic bays, covered canopies for 25 buses, office and training area, restrooms and storage. Two more bays could be added to the facility near the county fairgrounds.
The district will put both projects out to bid in mid-April and start construction by May for a completion date of January.