XENIA — The man chosen as the next leader of Xenia Community Schools will bring over 40 years of experience with him when he begins his service first as Superintendent Pro Tem and then, as of Aug. 1, as Superintendent. Denny Morrison will bring 11 years of experience as a district CEO.
During his career in education, Morrison has been recognized as Teacher of the Year, was principal of a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, named an Administrator of the Year by Muse Machine, has been a presenter at conferences at the state and national level, as well as being honored by the Beavercreek Rotary and Chamber of Commerce. Most recently, he has been an assistant principal in the Fairborn City School District.
In 2007, Morrison was nominated for the National Superintendent of the Year Award.
Morrison served as the top man at Beavercreek City Schools for seven year. When he arrived, Morrison said during his successful campaign for Beavercreek Board of Education, the district was $11 million in debt.
“We were not replacing textbooks, computers were expected to last a decade, we were spending more money than we were taking in, and our academic achievements were not where we wanted them to be,” he said in his campaign information. “When I left in 2009, with the help of the School Board, we had a good reserve in the bank, the $11 million debt was completely paid off, we were replacing textbooks and computers every five years, and we experienced seven consecutive years of outstanding academic achievement — each year earning the highest academic rating possible.
“During that time, our student population grew by more than 1,100 students,” Morrison’s bio continued. “We were the district of choice, according to officials at WPAFB. We improved our bond rating to one of the best in Ohio and this enabled us to refinance our bond issue debt and save the taxpayers of this school district millions of dollars. Every year between 2002 and 2009, our revenues exceeded our expenditures and our expenditure per pupil was almost $1,000 below the state average.”
His administrative career includes four years of superintendent for the Mad River Schools. He was also Director of Curriculum for three years in the Fairborn City Schools and was a middle school principal for eight years in the Mad River and Kenton school districts. He was an assistant principal at Galion Middle School in Galion, Ohio, and spent 12 years as a Spanish teacher for Galion City Schools and Marion Catholic High School.
Morrison and his wife have two grown daughters.
William Duffield can be reached at 937-372-4444 ext. 133 or on Twitter @WilliamDuffield.