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Morgan County children back in school Monday

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com · 340-2432

Students in the Morgan County school system are the first in the area in public schools to return to classrooms Monday.

Bob Balch enters his first full year as superintendent after taking office in January.

The school board made two major changes during the summer.

The first affects all students as the schools change from six-week to nine-week grading periods.

Balch said this gives students more opportunities to earn more grades that affect their final grade for the period.

Teachers will spend less time on paperwork because they’ll only have to turn in grades four times a year.

The school board split Priceville High School into two schools, forming Priceville Junior High for grades five through eight under new principal Mary Speegle. The school system built an office for the junior high.

Growth

Growth continues to be a factor at several county communities, including Priceville, Trinity, Danville and Lacey’s Spring. The board got state permission to add two portable
classrooms at West Morgan Elementary and Lacey’s Spring School.

Along with Speegle at Priceville Junior High, Eva School’s Patrick Patterson is the county’s other new principal. Technology Director Ann Hodges is the only new central office administrator hired this summer.

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