Coffee with the superintendent

photo by Emnit Dejene Dr. Heath Morrison (center) speaking at Garinger High School on February 11th.
Dr. Heath Morrison (center) speaking at Garinger High School on February 11th. Photo by Emnit Dejene

By Emnit Dejene and Lejla Ademovic  ⁄  The Rambler

Dr. Heath Morrison visited our very own Garinger High School  Feb. 11 to speak with parents, staff, and students about weather, budget and teacher salary issues. He stated that it was very important for him to communicate with the public as well as get different perspectives on changes that they believe should be made.

He confirmed that the city, county and district leaders are communicating and collaborating more than they have been in the past, therefore more changes will be accomplished.

Dr. Morrison also assured parents that he will do the right thing when it comes to weather cancellations.

“Having to decide whether to close school because of the weather is the worst part of my job,” he said.

He understands that having too many school cancellations may result in some days of spring break being taken away but “I must do the right thing to ensure the safety of staff and students.” He also explained that having 180 school days is a state law so having make up days is necessary.

This time of year, Dr. Morrison and his staff are putting together the budget, which includes negotiations to boost teacher salary. As openly discussed, teachers are not getting paid enough, which is causing them to leave; therefore, he said that pushing for a higher salary to “support quality teachers” is important.

By supporting teachers who are willing to make a change, this district is on its way to growing, and Dr. Morrison is behind it all. Even though sometimes words are lost in translation, Dr. Morrison said that he tries to think of himself as a colleague rather than a boss to the principals in the district.

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