SALINEVILLE – Residents of Southern Local will have a choice of four candidates for three term school board seats on November 2.
The long-term nominees are Robert (Kip) Dowling, James Scott Hart, Linda Morris and John Sawyer, all currently members of the Board of Directors. Karl Blissenbach is presented without opposition for the mandate remaining to run.
Linda M. Morris
Morris is currently serving her 26th year on the Board of Trustees, having been first elected in November 1995. She is also currently serving her 22nd year as the Southern Local Representative on the Technical Center and College Education Council. Columbiana County Quarry.
Graduated in 1965 from East Liverpool High School and graduated in 1970 from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Morris is a registered social worker who retired with 30 years of service in employment services and to the Columbiana County Family, Children’s Services Division from May 1971. to December 2001. Its community activities have focused on local schools in the South.
Citing her years of experience on the Southern Local and Career Center school boards, Morris said she was qualified for re-election because she served as chair and vice-chair of both boards, which ” she has participated in interviews and the hiring of several superintendents and a treasurer as well as other administrators, actively participated in construction meetings during the construction of the K-12 complex and has a working knowledge of various aspects of the district management. She said she believed her social work background gave her a better understanding of the general needs of students.
“I am running for another term as a member of the Southern Local Board of Education because I believe I can have a positive influence on the success of our students and our district” she said. “My main goal is to provide each of our students with the learning tools, opportunities and support necessary to reach their potential. “
As the incumbent, Morris said the biggest accomplishments she has been a part of include constructing K-12 buildings, football and baseball fields, adding a half day and a full day. nursery schools, expansion of study programs, including college plus courses, refresher courses and vocational training offers.
Morris also congratulated the other candidates.
“The four candidates for the Southern Local Board of Education are current board members,” she said. “I have had the honor and privilege of serving with the other three members. Each of us has different professional backgrounds, educational backgrounds and life experiences. We all care deeply about the needs of our students and the district. My life has been devoted to caring for children as a parent, grandparent, childcare social worker, and school board member. My prayer is that I have been a positive influence.
Morris lives on Dan Smith Road, Wellsville. She is widowed with a daughter, Heather McCartney, and a son, Michael Morris, and six grandchildren. She noted that her children and eldest granddaughter were graduates of Southern Local and that she currently has four grandchildren enrolled in college.
The Morning Journal did not receive a response to a pre-election questionnaire from Dowling, Hart and Sawyer.