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May 16, 2014

Carter City auditorium named after former principal

CARTER CITY — The late Ronald L. Morgan worked out of an office he was very familiar with.

Morgan was principal of the old Carter City Elementary School, where he himself had learned his arithmetic and ABCs, and at one time the space that was his office had been a classroom.

That school has been replaced by a gleaming new building, and although Morgan is gone, future students at Carter City will know his name because the school’s auditorium is being named after him.

Current and former students, parents, faculty, staff, administrators and other well-wishers will gather at the school Sunday for a naming ceremony.

Naming the auditorium after Morgan is entirely fitting, according to Charles Baker, a lifelong friend who now is principal at Star Elementary, also in the Carter County district.

“He had a tremendous impact on the success of students, teachers and players. It was leadership in a quiet way,” Baker said. “He won the hearts of kids, for them to be better and to do better in their lives.”

Morgan, who was 64 when he died in January, grew up in Carter City and, after graduating from Berea College, returned to teach 41 years in the Carter County system. Most of those years were at Carter City as teacher, basketball coach and principal.

“He was very dedicated, he loved kids and loved doing what he did ... He was very traditional, he was a historian, he loved the history (of his school),” said Jo Ashworth, who is principal of the new Carter City school and worked with Morgan for more than two decades as a central office administrator.

When the district was forming plans to replace the old school, which dates back to the Depression era, there was some talk of building a new school in a different part of the county. Morgan was among administrators who lobbied Frankfort to build in Carter City, Baker said.

He also scheduled his retirement to make the transition to a new school smoother for a new administration, Baker said.

The Sunday ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. at the school, which is on Ky. 2 in Carter City.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or

(606) 326-2652.

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