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Morristown principal to become new business teacher

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MORRISTOWN – Morristown Central School Principal O. Michael Wills will become the district’s new business teacher with the search on-going for his replacement.

Mr. Wills will be making roughly $52,000.

The decision by the Morristown Board of Education, made at Thursday meeting, to create this new, full-time position was met with opposition by the Morristown Teachers Association.

“We were told there was not enough money to be able to restore faculty or staff positions,” MTA Co-President Karen I. Basham said.

MTA Co-President Mark C. Blanchard said he couldn’t recall the board of education ever telling the public that another full-time teacher would be hired that wasn’t part of the core curriculum.

“Just this fall we were told we were going to be financially insolvent in three or four years and educationally insolvent in one year… where is this money coming from?” Mr. Blanchard said. “It certainly isn’t something I think tax payers were aware of when they voted for the budget.”

The creation of a business teacher position was prompted in order to prepare Morristown students for the future, Superintendent David J. Glover said.

Business degrees are some of the most valuable options for future college students, Mr. Glover said, emphasizing the need for Morristown to have its own program to help launch their students into successful careers.

But with -time math, social studies, English and music teachers along with a half-time technology teacher, Board Member Shawn R. Macaulay said the district should be focusing on beefing up its educational offerings in the core areas.

Mr. Macaulay alone voted against the creation of the business position and the hiring of Mr. Wills.

After the vote Mr. Macaulay proposed moving the math, social studies, English, music and technology positions back to full time. The measure failed but was supported by Board Members Mary Anne Bailey and Mark R. Tayler.

“I don’t know how you get this past the tax payers,” Mr. Blanchard said. “This is ridiculous.”

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