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Stillwater Board of Education to appoint superintendent

Feb. 12, 2016 – The Stillwater Central School District Board of Education is pleased to announce its intent to appoint Patricia Morris as superintendent of schools at its Feb. 23 board meeting. Morris is currently the middle school principal at Stillwater Central School District, a position she has held since 2008.

“The board embarked on this process long ago,” said Stillwater Board of Education President Tim Hems. “Through the hard work of all involved stakeholders such as community members, teachers, parents, students, district staff, and fellow board members, we came to this conclusion. The Board deliberated and discussed the final candidates at length, and it was a difficult decision having two quality candidates in the final round of interviews.”

The board offered Morris a three-year agreement with an initial salary of $140,000. She is expected to begin her duties on Jul. 1, 2016.

“Mrs. Morris promoted a vision and an outlook for all students going forward in which she also recognizes the district’s need for change and to adapt to the education system in the future,” said Hems. “Also, being a district leader for years has prepared Mrs. Morris for the next step. She has the full support of the Board of Education going forward with her plan.”

Morris has been with Stillwater Central School District since 1992. She started as a substitute teacher, then a teaching assistant at Stillwater through the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES. She taught sixth grade for seven years before becoming dean of students for one year, then assistant principal of the middle school for one year. She was promoted to the middle school principal position in 2008.

“I realized as I moved into different positions that I could impact more children,” Morris said. “That is why I am so excited for my new role. My vision is to provide opportunities for all students to succeed at all levels.”

Morris earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Master of Science in Teaching from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. She holds the following certifications: English 7-12, elementary teacher N-6, school administrator and supervisor, and school district administrator. She also completed the New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS) Future Superintendents’ Academy and Fiscal Navigation for Superintendents Training.

“My passion really is my school district and my community,” said Morris, who founded the Warrior Walk, an annual community walk-a-thon. “I live in the district, my children go to school here, and my husband and I volunteer here. I love this place.”

WSWHE BOCES District Superintendent James Dexter, who coordinated the search on behalf of the district, said: “The Stillwater Board of Education was thorough in its search for a new superintendent. They kept the best interests of the students in mind and found the candidate who best fits their ideals. I would like to thank all the individuals from the school and community who participated in the advisory committees and helped in the selection process.”

Morris will succeed Superintendent Stanley Maziejka, who is retiring Jun. 30 after serving the district for nearly 10 years. She and her husband, Bob, live on Saratoga Lake with their two sons and three golden retrievers. She enjoys kayaking, paddle boarding and fitness.

Press release produced by: WSWHE BOCES

See entrance plan presentation made by Morris on Feb. 9

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