CADIZ - Harrison Hills Junior/Senior High School is under new leadership with Duran Morgan, who has stepped into the role of building principal. He took office on Jan. 24.
Morgan began work at Harrison Hills as a government teacher in 2002. He has served as dean of students since 2010. As dean, he and other teachers conducted a comprehensive review, which contributed to Harrison Central becoming a fully accredited high school.
"It gave us a tool from which to work from that point on to ensure that we are meeting the high standards of that accreditation by the Advance Education Corp. That was my focus then; that still is my focus now," he said, adding that he will continue the program of facilitating teacher collaboration and student centered instruction.
He said teachers collaborate in bi-weekly professional development stations.
The district is accredited for five years. The district will meet the seven standards yearly and will be re-evaluated every five years, according to officials.
"That's both a short-term goal and a long-term goal," he said, adding he looks forward to continuing to work with staff to implement new state learning standards and the Ohio Graduation Test for seventh- and eighth-graders in the second semester. He complimented the quality and dedication of the staff.
"There's a lot of cohesion among faculty and staff members," Morgan said. "I appreciate the board of education and (Superintendent George) Ash for the opportunity to lead the high school."
The school building teaches roughly 650 students.
He takes over the position of Mark Kowalski, who is moving on to director of operations. Ken Parker will assumed the role of dean of students.
"I think he'll be a great asset to the building," said Kowalski of Morgan.
"He'll do a great job."
"Mr. Morgan has served as dean of students faithfully since 2010 and now he has an opportunity to serve as high school principal," said Ash. "I believe he's going to serve Harrison Central well for many years to come. He's proven he's been an asset."