Clark-Shawnee superintendent will retire after 48 years in education

Gregg Morris is surrounded by pictures of his children and grandchildren in his office Wednesday. Morris is retiring as Shawnee Schools superintendent after seven years at the end of this school year. Bill Lackey/Staff
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Gregg Morris is surrounded by pictures of his children and grandchildren in his office Wednesday. Morris is retiring as Shawnee Schools superintendent after seven years at the end of this school year. Bill Lackey/Staff

The Clark-Shawnee Local Schools superintendent will retire at the end of July.

Gregg Morris, who’s worked as superintendent at Clark-Shawnee for eight years and spent 48 years overall in education, is calling it a career.

“Clark-Shawnee is a very special place,” Morris said. “It has supportive residents, parents that are engaged, great kids, a great board of education and an absolutely top-notch staff. I really enjoyed working with them.”

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Morris, who grew up in Southeast Ohio, was employed at different districts across Ohio in his career. He pursued an education career because he wanted to make a difference, he said.

“Education is a wonderful field. It is an opportunity to influence lives,” Morris said. “Teachers have a great opportunity to help young people grow and develop and prepare for a successful life. As superintendent, I got to work with everyone and I highly recommend education. You can’t make more of difference.”

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Clark-Shawnee is continuing to move in the right direction, he said, and he’s happy the district was able to expand its college credit offerings and pass a bond issue to build a new elementary school.

The school deserves it, he said.

“I just loved my eight years here,” Morris said. “It’s really been a wonderful experience … I have never worked with a better staff.”

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He plans to spend more time with his family during his retirement, Morris said.