MORRIS – At its June meeting, the Morris Community High School District 101 Board recognized two long-time leaders. Superintendent Patrick Halloran and building and grounds director Stephen Lutz are retiring this year.
Board President Judie Roth presented Lutz with a gift certificate in recognition for his years of service at the school.
“We’re going to miss you so much,” Roth said. “You’ve got a wealth of knowledge, and it’s been a better place because of you.”
The board applauded Lutz as he accepted the certificate.
“I just would like to thank the board of education and administration for supporting the maintenance department, for supporting me for what we tried to do,” Lutz said. “I’m very grateful for that.”
Lutz addressed Joseph Waldron, the incoming superintendent, who also was at the meeting.
“We have a lot of great students, we have a great team that works really well together, and we have a really great campus,” Lutz said. “You’re coming in to a great place.”
The board also recognized Halloran with a gift bag that read, “You’re kind of a big dill,” with a picture of a cartoon pickle on it. Inside were small items and notes of humor or encouragement for the next step of his career. Halloran addressed the board and thanked members for their confidence in them. He read the names of board members from the 2003-2005 board, the ones who hired him into the district, and thanked them.
“Thank you for letting me finish with dignity and on my terms,” he said.
Halloran reported to the board that the state had passed a budget and, for the first time in several years, there was less uncertainty for the finances of the district.
The budget included the new evidence-based funding formula, a 3 percent cap on end-of-career increases and salary minimums, although most of the changes won’t affect the district until the next collective bargaining agreement.
The new track is moving on track to open before school begins in August.
The new STEM lab also is expected to be completed by August. The board asked to go on a tour to see it before the school year begins.