Mr. Gregg Morris, Superintendent of the Clark-Shawnee Local School District, was honored as Outstanding Superintendent by the Southwest Region of the Ohio School Boards Association at the Spring Conference on Tuesday, March 8.
Board Member Dr. Susan Page nominated Mr. Morris for the award, citing his ability to build relationships, wealth of knowledge, commitment to transparency, and open door policy as characteristics that set him apart.
“Before Mr. Morris was hired, morale was low among staff and community members,” Dr. Page wrote in her nomination letter. “There was a general feeling of distrust for the administration and the Board. Now, in spite of tough economic times and difficult decisions that have had to be made, morale in our schools and in our community is good. Thanks to Mr. Morris’ openness, honesty, diligence, and sincerity, there is a renewed sense of optimism and enthusiasm in our district.”
Mr. Morris was recognized as a Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) Exemplary Leader twice and BASA State Superintendent of the Year in 2010. He was acknowledged at the February 2010 American Association of School Administrator’s national conference for this honor of exemplary leadership as an innovative, caring, high-quality leader. Mr. Morris was named the ‘first annual’ Ohio State Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Superintendent of the Year in 1995. He currently serves the Clark-Shawnee School community on the Board of Directors for the $11,000,000 Straight A Grant Collaboration for college and career readiness programs in Clark County. He also serves on the Clark County Ohio Means Jobs Board of Directors and Clark County Family and Children First Executive Committee.
Dr. Page’s nomination of Mr. Morris was supported by the Clark-Shawnee Board of Education, Mr. Thomas Faulkner, Treasurer, and Assistant Superintendent Mr. Brian Kuhn.
“He is very concerned about our students and their well-being,” said Dr. Page. “Not just from an educator’s point-of-view, but from a ‘parental’ point-of-view. He is there. He’s just always around. He’s there for the students and parents, to help with everything and anything.”
Mr. Morris has worked in education for 37 years and joined the Clark-Shawnee district in 2010.