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Cammy Morrison makes positive changes for General Brown

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DEXTER — Not even three weeks on the job yet, new Superintendent Cammy J. Morrison already is making her mark.

Since her July 1 appointment, she has begun to implement changes to boost people’s perception of the General Brown Central School District and to immerse herself into the school community.

“I’m here to serve this community and the district,” she said Thursday during a visit to the district’s summer literacy program at Dexter Elementary School. “I have to be out there. I have to know what the strengths and needs are so I can serve the constituents I was hired to serve.”

One of the strengths she learned Thursday, she said, is how engaged students are in learning. As Mrs. Morrison read “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Trout” to more than 30 children, they followed the repetition and recited some key words and phrases with her.

As a reward for following along and behaving, Mrs. Morrison bought each student a pack of new colored pencils. But there was a catch: Although it’s not required, she requested those students draw pictures or create other artwork to be displayed in her office and throughout the district’s three buildings. Other students also may participate, she said. That way, when parents and guardians enter the district office to register their children for school they can see artistic opportunities their children may have.

Mrs. Morrison said all new registrations will take place at the district office for a few reasons: to centralize the process so parents of multiple children don’t have to go to different buildings to register, and so she can meet new families.

Another change district residents will see soon is a new venue for board meetings.

“We’re looking at different locations at the high school so it’s more intimate and inviting,” Mrs. Morrison said. “We want to have some meetings — one in the fall at each elementary building and one in the spring at each elementary building — to give the administrators a chance to showcase their building. We’re hopeful that by going to the communities in the buildings that it will make people more comfortable and show them we’re wanting to do things a bit differently.”

Although it’s daunting going into a new community, Mrs. Morrison said, she is thankful for the warm reception from school staff and community members thus far.

She said she got into education because she loves children. After her introduction to some of them Thursday, Mrs. Morrison said she hopes they are comfortable now saying “hello” to her in the halls or in their classroom. They also will remember her as the superintendent who sang the alphabet backwards as a treat for them.

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