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Gladewater unanimously names interim superintendent

By Meredith Shamburger
March 20, 2017 at 8:42 p.m.
Updated March 20, 2017 at 8:49 p.m.

Former Gladewater ISD Superintendent Mike Morrison will server as Interim Superintendent after unanimous vote Monday, March 20th. (Kevin Green/News-Journal Photo. 2006)

Gladewater ISD trustees voted unanimously to name former Superintendent Mike Morrison as the district’s interim superintendent, filling in for the job as J.P. Richardson joins Tatum ISD.

Morrison’s pay is still being negotiated, School Board President Jon Keller said. Keller said the district hopes to start Morrison in his interim role on Tuesday. His contract will be on a temporary, 90-day basis, Keller said.

Keller said the district was looking for stable leadership to keep going as Richardson leaves, someone who was student-focused and could keep driving the ship. The board has posted its open superintendent position and is taking applications through April 7, Keller said.

“At that point we’ll review and then set up interviews,” he said. “Our only goal and time frame is to do it right the first time.”

Morrison retired from Gladewater ISD in December 2008 and was succeeded by Richardson.

Morrison graduated from Hawkins ISD, before continuing his education at Tyler Junior College and East Texas Baptist University. He began his teaching career as a teacher and coach in Marshall ISD in 1977.

Morrison has previously held administration roles in Garrison ISD and Jefferson ISD, in addition to Gladewater ISD. He joined Gladewater ISD as an assistant superintendent and replaced then-district head Guy Yarborough in January 2006.

Richardson officially began as the new Tatum ISD superintendent on Monday.

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