Harrison’s Morgan has new role

CADIZ – The Harrison Jr./Sr. High School Principal Duran Morgan will have a new title this summer, when he takes on the role of administrative assistant for the Harrison Hills City School District. He was selected to replace the current administrative assistant, Dana Snider, who was promoted to superintendent. The change will take place Aug. 1.

Morgan is a graduate of the Harrison Hills school system and has worked for the district since 2002, when he began work as an intervention specialist at Harrison Junior High School. He went on to teach government at the high school, then served as dean of students 2010-2012 before being named building principal this past January.

“I am excited,” he said. “The excitement comes from the curriculum piece and dealing with students in K-12, and just impacting students in all grades. I hope to continue the excellent work of Mrs. Snider’s in special education, curriculum and instruction, and I thank Mrs. Snider and the board of education for their continued support.

Snider said Morgan was a key figure in Harrison Central earning accreditation through the AdvancED program, which makes it only one of three schools in the area to hold such a state.

“I think what set Mr. Morgan apart was his capacity to always want to learn and his positive communication with the staff, students and families,” she said. “Our goal for the district, as it always has been, is to increase student achievement, and that will be Mr. Morgan’s role. We are on a positive pathway and that will be our goal, to continue forward.”

She noted that the district had a strong administration. With Morgan’s promotion, Junior High Principal Brent Ripley will assume the role of building leader. Morgan expressed confidence in his successor.

“Mr. Ripley is an asset to Harrison Hills, an experienced principal and a steady hand. He will do a good job with directing the students in the building.”