Will Ravenstein

Wellington Daily News

The Wellington City School Board reluctantly accepted the resignation of Assistant Superintendent Brad Morris Monday evening.

Morris, who has been in education for 33 years in the state of Kansas, said he has reached the eligible requirements for retirement and plans to do so effective June 30, when the school budget year is complete.

“It was a tough decision,” he said. “There is a lot of good things working here, and I love working with the administrators and staff — a lot of good people.”

Morris graduated from Bethany College, Lindsborg, in 1984. Following graduation, he spent three years in Fowler, three years in Greensburg and 15 years in Haven where he started his administration work, becoming an assistant principal.

After Haven, Morris became and assistant principal for Kiowa/South Barber and eventually became superintendent from 2009 to 2015. Morris moved to Wellington after the 2015 school year as assistant superintendent under Rick Weiss.

Morris spent 28 of his 33 years in education as a head boys basketball coach. His passion for the sport continued as long as he could manage both, but the assistant principal position required more of his time and he had to give up coaching..

“[It’s been] 33 great years, and I have enjoyed everyday of it,” Morris said. “This is a very good school district. You’ve got administrators, teachers, staff, parents and the whole community care about kids and care about the school district. When you have that, it makes it more fun, and education and you are able to do things with support, try new things and moving things in a new direction. Dr. Whitener is doing a very good job here.”

When pressed about the biggest changes to education over his years Morris stated that technology and state funding were the biggest.

“Technology is big,” he said. “That has changed the whole curriculum and how things are taught. Besides that, the financial system had been a big change. We have always made do and done the best we can. It’s been challenging, especially the last six or seven years it’s been a real challenge. That’s been a big change. Now we are having a new system that is going to be rolled out for the 2017-18 year, so another new system. That’s constantly changing from my perspective. Teachers teach and kids learn. Everywhere I have been I have had great teachers.”

Morris stated that there comes a time when you decide that you are ready for something else. At 55 he is still young enough to explore some different options that are out there.

“I’m looking forward to making the decision if I want to do this,” he said. “I can make that decision on what I want to do not, day-to-day. I don’t know what I’m going to do, but I know that I have more control on what I can or can’t do. That’s very appealing to me. I’m looking forward to that, I can make the decision of what I want to do on a daily basis.”

At the school board meeting Dr. Mark Whitener addressed the board about Morris.

“I appreciate everything he has done for the district,” Whitener said. “He has been a tremendous asset to me and a help to me and friend to me. I appreciate all that he has done for the district.