JAMESTOWN — After 15 years as a superintendent, Denny Morrison wanted to finish his education career in a building with kids.
Greeneview Local Schools needed an interim middle school principal.
Match.com never had it this easy as Morrison, who had just retired as Xenia Community Schools superintendent, was approved by the Greeneview board late last month.
“I love working with kids,” Morrison said. “Actually what my plan was to retire and then come back and sub. (Then) this opportunity came along. I loved Xenia. I loved the people there. I just wanted to do something different.”
Greeneview was actually looking for a permanent replacement for Mary Beth Minear, who had been with the district for 35 years and retired in the spring. Superintendent Isaac Seevers said the search “did not yield a final candidate” so the district opted for the interim route.
“We were attracted to Denny because of his wealth of experiences as a curriculum director, principal, and superintendent,” Seevers said. “He has a reputation of being an energetic leader and someone who has proven results of academic and community improvement. He came across as the perfect fit for us in this transition. His leadership and demeanor will be helpful for us as we turn the move forward as a district.”
So far it’s been a perfect fit on both sides.
“He hasn’t disappointed in his first two weeks on the job,” Seevers said. “He stood at the door during open house and greeted every student and family that came through the door that evening.”
Morrison said he is ecstatic to get to work lunch duty on a daily basis and was even outside playing basketball with the students.
“My heart has a special spot for middle school kids,” he said. “That’s where a lot of stuff is going on.”
Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.
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