Harlem College District Superintendent Publicizes Retirement Plans

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – “It’s a very bittersweet prospect,” said Dr. Julie Morris, Superintendent of the Harlem School District.

Julie Morris’ fondest memories of her career in education include busy hallways, beaming students, and passionate teachers. Many of these special moments came in her role as Superintendent of the Harlem School District over the past thirteen years.

“I’m very proud of my 34 years as an educator and it’s time for me to move on and I’m very excited about the prospect, but I’m also saddened,” said Morris.

Morris said that while she says goodbye to her school community, she will appreciate and hold on to the bonds made during her tenure. At the end of June she will hand over the baton to Michael Flanagan, who is no stranger to the region. He has children in the Harlem borough and began teaching at schools in North Boone.

“It’s just very exciting for me to be able to step into this role of service and be humble. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun, but I think we have a lot of challenging work ahead of us, ”said Harlem School District’s new Superintendent Dr. Michael Flanagan.

Flanagan plans to continue Morris’ efforts to improve racial and gender equality and to bridge social and emotional gaps within the district. Morris said she would do the same, but with the community focus.

“I will not stop. I will be looking for a new career, but I really want to give something back as a retired superintendent. I want to give something back to the education system, ”said Morris.

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