By Nathan Straus
A new residence hall is in the works for Lon Morris College.
The new dwelling structure is the latest idea in a series of constructions made to help the college keep up with continued growth. Dr. Miles McCall, Lon Morris president, said the new dormitory building will be fashioned into a style known as a lodge.
“You have each room leading out into a common area with a lodge,” Dr. McCall said. “This style of development is safer and provides conservation of energy.”
Because of the design, unused rooms with air conditioning and heating can be turned off while occupied rooms are kept climate controlled. Each individual room has its own heating and air system. This is different from older hall designs where an entire building must be kept on even if only one room is occupied.
There is a need for the new housing, Dr. McCall said, because of the tremendous growth in student population predicted for the two-year school.
“We’re as high as 90 beds short,” he said.
The new residence hall, which could be built at the northwestern edge of the Lon Morris campus, may be ready as early as January provided there are no serious setbacks. This dormitory will include space for 64 beds. This is in addition to the 32-bed dormitory set to be completed before fall.
Dr. McCall said the expansion is a plan three years in the making and will require a zone change request approved by the Jacksonville City Council. Once approved, Dr. McCall said construction could start 45 days after approval.
Lodge style housing is different from hall style housing, which has a series of rooms opening into a long hall.
“If the parents don’t like the residence offerings, they have options now,” he also said.
In addition to lodge and hall style housing, the college will also offer rent houses, or “cottages,” and the option to live off campus.
“We will for the first time change our housing policy,” Dr. McCall stated. “Students can choose off-campus living now.”
The planning process for the new residence halls has included student focus groups to determine what incoming freshmen want to see.
A group of private investors and local builders are involved in the upcoming construction. A named donor has not come forward as of Tuesday, Dr. McCall said.
Payment for the housing will come from the residency fees of students who occupy it.
Lon Morris College received around 1,100 applications this year, of which 534 were accepted. Dr. McCall said this signifies significant growth over last year’s figure of 346 applications with 144 accepted students. In addition, 66 room deposits were received last year, and this year’s number of deposits is over 300.
“Growth is challenging in these difficult economic times, but our goal is to grow the student population,” Dr. McCall said.
By Nathan Straus
- Local News
JP Foreman files petition on candidate
A petition filed in the 2nd District Court on March 6 by Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Vera Foreman claiming Republican primary candidate Rodney P. Wallace does not meet county residency requirements could go before a visiting judge as early as mid-April.
City councilman glad to have made weight-loss decision
Jacksonville City Councilman Jeff Smith made a decision in November 2006 that changed his life forever.
He decided to tackle his weight concerns by having a gastric bypass surgery and stop being what he describes as "a walking heart attack."
City council set to meet
During Monday's 6 p.m. council meeting at Alto City Hall, civic leaders will consider action on a street paving project and purchase of a new vehicle for the utility department, according to a meeting agenda.
JISD to talk election, transportation
Upcoming school board elections and transportation are on the agenda of Monday's JISD board of trustees' 6:30 p.m. meeting at the JISD Administration Building.
4-H member, dog win awards at shows
Katie Landrum and her dog, Zoey, recently participated in two agility trials.
Chamber Chatter: Saying goodbye, 300th tomato sell
The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome its newest member, Traditions Restaurant & Catering at 6205 S. Broadway, Tyler.
Local Lego movie about agriculture wins award
Do you know where your food comes from? Here're some hints – it's not the local burger joint, the freezer or a can.
Jacksonville High School senior and videographer Brackston McKnight can not only tell you-- he can show you. The 18-year-old won this year's Nation-al Ag Day video contest with his stop-motion video starring a pint-sized cast of Lego people.
H.O.P.E. director Allison Hale understands struggles of people who need ‘hand up’
H.O.P.E. Executive Director Allison Hale knows that if services like those offered at the facility she now leads were offered during her childhood to her mother, it would have made a huge impact on her life.
A product of a single-parent home, Hale said she understands what it's like to be in need of “a hand up.”
Officials serve warrants, arrest several
Several arrests were made Tuesday in Cherokee County with the help of other law enforcement agencies, according to a news release.
Cherokee County arrests: March 4-10
The Daily Progress will publish a list of arrests from the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office on a weekly basis.
- More Local News Headlines
- JP Foreman files petition on candidate