FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Carol Mowen, Public Information Officer, 301-766-2996 , or Dr. Betty Morgan, 301-766-2816.
HAGERSTOWN, MD (October 9, 2002) – Washington County, Maryland, is receiving national exposure this month, thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, Washington County Public Schools Superintendent. She is one of six “rookie” superintendents featured in the October 2002 issue of The School Administrator.
Other featured superintendents include Marshall Marshall, Pulaski Central Schools, New York; Elaine C. Cash, Riverdale Unified School District, California; Michael H. Jones, East Valley School District, Spokane, Washington; Susan C. Garton, Southeast Warren Community School District, Iowa; and John F. Kinley, South Hamilton School District, Des Moines, Iowa.
The individuals involved, at the request of the editor, kept journals during their first year at the helm of a school system, and the article provides an overview of the trials and tribulations of each new superintendent. The superintendents represent systems that vary in demographics and location, with WCPS being the largest system highlighted in the article.
Having been approached to participate in the article more than a year ago, Dr. Morgan wrote about setting priorities, overcoming resistance, transitioning to the full-time superintendent’s role, and her plans for the system at the end of her first year.
According to Jay Goldman, editor of The School Administrator magazine, there were 2900 new superintendents across the country last year. Goldman noted that the six profiled were chosen before they actually started their new jobs on “the basis of recommendations from veteran superintendents, professors of educational administration,” and the American Association of School Administrators individual state association executives.