Technology today has made our lives easier and information more easily accessible than ever before. At the click of a button a student can go to a virtual lab to dissect a frog or to build a strand of DNA.
Nick Wilde, son of Jamie and Dana Wilde, was chosen as one of only 40 national winners of the 2010 Pfizer Epilepsy Scholarship Award. The $2,000 scholarship can be used for tuition, fees, books, or living expenses.
The person who invents the technological device capable of correctly predicting the future will become the wealthiest person in the world. History is painted with those individuals that have attempted to look into the crystal ball of imagination and accurately determine what will happen in the next five, fifty, or one hundred years. Sometimes these prognostications come close to reality and at other times they miss the mark by a considerable distance.
The Morgan Board of Education has approved a small tax increase to cover the costs of debt service and the elementary reading program. The action followed a Truth in Taxation Hearing held at their regular meeting on August 10.
During the last few years school districts have been forced to rely more and more on local property taxes to supplement the money appropriated by the legislature to pay our teachers, maintain our facilities and pay for programs that enhance our students’ education. This year, in a down economy, not only are the funds from the state budget impacted, but the local funding from property taxes will be affected as well.
This spring and early summer produced a number of changes in our administrative team. Late in the month of May, Ron Wolff announced his intentions to step down as Superintendent. In mid-June our beloved Morgan Elementary Principal, Laraine Whitear lost her battle to cancer. Both individuals have left voids to be filled in our system. The positive influence for good they have given and shared with our community will be felt for years to come.
Morgan- Wade T. Murdock has been selected as the new Morgan High School Principal. Murdock’s official appointment will occur at a Special Board of Education meeting scheduled for July 13, 2010 at 3:30 P.M. in the district office. The Morgan Board of Education received input from a screening committee comprised of parents, educators, and support staff prior to reaching their decision.
Wednesday evening, the Morgan Board of Education approved a resolution to employ Timothy Wolff as the new principal of Morgan Elementary School. Wolff graduated from Weber State University with a BS in Elementary Education in 2001. He has also earned a Master’s Degree in administration from the University of Houston. Following graduation he was employed as a teacher in the Fort Bend Independent School District, a suburb of Houston.
After spending a great deal of time and effort searching for a new superintendent, the Board of Education decided that the most qualified candidate was already in the district. Wednesday evening Ken Adams was named the new Superintendent of Schools for Morgan County replacing Ron Wolff who will begin serving as the superintendent in Box Elder County on July 1.
I have often been asked, “What can a busy parent do to make sure their child succeeds in school?” According to the Parent Institute, four simple things can be done to help parents make sure their child is doing their best in school.
My experience as an educator spans 36 years, four school districts and two states. During this time of employment, it has been my pleasure to be associated with great students, wonderful parents and conscientious staff members. It has been said that if one chooses something he loves to do then he will never go to work for the rest of his life. There is no truer statement than this about my vocation.