MORRIS – Joseph Waldron will be coming to Morris from Lefors Independent School District in Lefors, Texas to serve as superintendent at Morris Community High School.
He said the move won't be a hard one having grown up on the south side of Chicago and in Lemont.
He will be replacing Pat Halloran, who has been at the high school for 14 years and served as superintendent for 11 of those years.
Waldron’s salary will be $138,000 plus benefits, a cost savings to the district, according to Halloran. The move was approved 7-0 by the school board on Monday night.
Lefors is a small elementary/secondary district with 164 students between K-12, according to the Texas Education Agency database. Waldron's base pay there is $90,177.
"My wife and I are very excited about coming to Morris," Waldron said. "The exciting part is it's the whole package, a very good school district and a wonderful community."
Lefors where he is the current superintendent is a small town of about 500, with no stop lights, one paved road, one church, and very limited other choices according to Waldron.
Coming from a small town of 500, he and his wife spent some time in Morris earlier in the year and said it will be great to go to church in their own community, stores in their own community and they and their daughter will be able to ride their bikes on paved roads.
Halloran's current contract began with $140,780 in base pay in 2013-14 with a 2 percent increase each year guaranteed and another 2 percent if the board determined he had completed his performance goals.
Halloran's base salary was $155,431.60 for the 2017 Financial Year.
The process started in November, when the school interviewed Bradley Cox and Waldron and then held meet and greets for the community to meet the choices.
Waldron said it will be exciting to be a Redskin again. He went to high school at Marist where he was a Redskin and now he'll be a Morris Redskin.
"We are in this for the long haul if the board will keep me," he said. "We've been waiting for a place to build a home to call home, wew want are daughter to call it home, we hope this is it."
Halloran said he's not sure what his plans are for retirement but he thinks it will be a combination of different things including continuing to teach as an adjunct professor at Illinois State University where he has taught superintendent certification classes.