Morris Elementary Honored As A “CLAS Banner School”
Morris Elementary School was honored today as one of only ten schools in the state to receive recognition as a 2016-2017 CLAS Banner School. Morris Elementary Principal, Patricia Boyd, along with Dr. Marie Schouten, accepted the award for the school at a special luncheon held today in Prattville, AL. The CLAS (Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools) Banner is presented by the organization each year to spotlight programs or schools that serve as outstanding educational models for others in the state. A total of 153 schools or programs were nominated this year for recognition, including Morris Elementary who was nominated by Huntsville City Schools Interim Superintendent, Tom Drake.
L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE, the executive director of CLAS, said that “this year’s winners provide an exceptional example of a school’s significant impact in furthering the cause of public education and the interests of the students they serve. Additionally, it shows how Morris Elementary School has gone above and beyond its organizational mission to make Huntsville a better place to live and educate Alabama’s and America’s future generations.”
The CLAS Banner School Award originated in 2001 as a way to identify, recognize, and publicize exemplary school programs in Alabama. The Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools was founded in 1969 to provide targeted professional development and support for Alabama’s public school administrators, and now serves ten affiliates representing each type of public school and school system leader.