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6/10/2020 12:57:00 PM
Dr. Morrow Announces Retirement

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

The news release issued Wednesday (June 10th) says “Lincoln County Schools is sad to announce that on June 9th, Superintendent Dr. Lory D. Morrow informed the Board of Education of her intention to retire.  Dr. Morrow is retiring after 29 years in education, as a classroom teacher, school administrator and as superintendent for two North Carolina public school districts.

“Dr. Morrow came to Lincoln County Schools in 2017 and for the past three years has led the school district on its continued path of academic growth and achievement.  Under Dr. Morrow’s leadership, Lincoln County Schools ranks 11th in the State (out of 115 districts) in student achievement. She also led the effort to pass the quarter-cent sales tax referendum in May 2018.  The revenue from the sales tax adoption is used to support technology enhancements, school safety and security improvements, building repairs and to purchase additional classroom supplies for teachers and students.  The revenue generated form this fund will have a lasting, positive effect on the school system for years to come.  Dr. Morrow also initiated a successful leadership training and development program for teachers and administrators, which will ensure Lincoln County Schools has a strong assortment of school leaders in the future.”

“Lincoln County Schools is a wonderful district with strong leadership in the classrooms, at each school, and at the district level.  It has been an honor and a privilege to be part of such an outstanding team.  I appreciate the Board of Education for allowing me to serve the students, staff, and this community for the last three years.  I have spent the last 29 years of my life serving students, teachers, administrators, and parents in a variety of roles, always as an advocate for students.  It is now time for me to explore the next phase of life.”

“Dr. Morrow is a dedicated superintendent for Lincoln County Schools,” said long-time Board member and retired teacher Joan Avery. “She will be missed by all.  God bless her and her family.”

School Board chair Cathy Davis said, “I am still trying to process the announcement of Dr. Morrow's retirement and just what that means for our district. This is a profound loss on many levels. Dr. Morrow has demonstrated a strong desire to promote the people around her, instilling desirable leadership qualities and encouraging growth. I believe she is happiest when visiting the classrooms and draws her energy from those she first sought to serve in her career, the children. I wish her the very best in her retirement.” 

The Board of Education will meet on June 25th and will discuss the next steps as Lincoln County begins the search for a new Superintendent.  Dr. Morrow’s retirement will be effective in October.

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This reporter was well-acquainted with Dr. Morrow’s career before she came to Lincoln County.  A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she came to North Carolina  to get her bachelor’s degree at UNC-Wilmington.  She later attained a master’s and doctorate degree in school administration and educational leadership from Gardner-Webb University.

She began her career as an elementary teacher in Charlotte. She was named principal of Northview Elementary School in 2003 and later served as principal of Third Creek Elementary School in the Iredell-Statesville Schools. In 2006, she returned to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as principal of Long Creek Elementary School to direct major instructional change. The school system promoted her to director of school leadership in 2009.

I first learned about her when she was with the Gaston County Schools.  She was largely responsible for the Gaston County system’s adjustment to required Common Core standards and implemented more rigorous instructional programs and expectations that increased graduation rates and decreased the the dropout rate in that school system.

She was a candidate for Gaston County Superintendent, and frankly, I hoped she would be the one chosen.  When that didn’t happen, she looked elsewhere and went to Davidson County Schools, where she became the first female superintendent. 

While she is officially ‘retiring,’ Dr. Morrow is an exceptional educator and administrator and I’ll be very surprised if some other educational institution doesn’t persuade her to use her talents for their advantage. 

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