XENIA — If you’ve seen Denny Morrison doing cartwheels through the halls of Xenia’s schools don’t be alarmed. The superintendent hasn’t gone berserk. He’s just overjoyed at how smoothly the first few days of the school year have gone.
“I feel like I am truly blessed,” Morrison said. “We have had an awesome beginning to the school year. It could not have gone any better. Kind of like a well-oiled machine. That’s because I’m surrounded by a lot of good people.”
The good news actually began before school did as enrollment is up 145.
“We are getting students that were home-schooled, on open enrollment (attending in another district), in private schools,” Morrison said. “They’re seeing that we are offering so many courses for kids. We have something for everyone.”
Morrison was also quick to throw kudos at the teachers.
“The Teachers have done a phenomenal job of being teachers of children, not teachers of math, or language arts,” Morrison said. “Really getting to know the kids. Everyone is teaching how the kids learn best.”
The only glitch was during lunch time at Warner Middle School, which added the sixth-graders this year. They previously were at Central Middle School with the Xenia Preschool. The feeding frenzy ran about 30 minutes behind but that was quickly corrected the next day.
“Everybody has gotten through, gotten a chance to eat, gone outside for recess,” Morrison said.
He added that the opening days have gone so well that his phone is not ringing with upset parents at the other end.
“The only calls that I’m getting are calls, people saying ‘thank you, we can’t believe how smoothly this year has started,’ ” Morrison said. “A dream come true.”