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Morrow, retired R-III superintendent, dies unexpectedly

Posted on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 9:05 am

A noted leader in state education and former Lincoln County R-III Superintendent Dr. Terry Morrow, 56, died unexpectedly April 5 while working around his cabin at Baring Lake near Edina. He retired as the superintendent of the R-III District in 2011 and was employed with the L.J. Hart and Company in Chesterfield.

During his leadership with the R-III District, New Horizons High School (alternative high school opened and brought all early childhood services under one roof. William Cappel, Main Street and Hawk Point elementary schools were expanded and upgrades were done at Bonfils Auditorium and Troy Middle School. Two new schools were constructed under Morrow’s leadership including the Ninth Grade Center in Moscow Mills and Cuivre Park Elementary east of Troy.

In addition to this work, new, innovative programs were implemented. These included (but not limited to): Professional Learning Community (PLC) for student based learning centers rather than teacher-based; professional development programs, Human Resources

Department; the Superintendent’s “Coffee Talk” with district patrons and regular speaking engagements with civic organizations. Another program was the Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS), a model to implement to help teachers improve reading instruction which increased student reading levels and student achievement growth across the curriculum. New district boundaries were drawn and two successful tax levy proposals. He laid the groundwork in creating the R-III Education Foundation and the D.A.R.T. (Drug Alcohol Reduction Team).

“Dr. Morrow was dearly loved and respected by all who knew him,” said Denise Francisco, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools in the R-III District. “He has many friends and colleagues not only in the R-III community but throughout the state of Missouri.”

Dr. Morrow held degrees (B.S., Masters and Specialist) and recently completed his doctorate in Education from Maryville University in St. Louis. He started his teaching career in Clark County schools and later in Knox County. He served as junior high and high school principal in Adair County at Brashear, North Shelby and Green City. At Green City, he was promoted to Superintendent and later served in that capacity at Wright City and Troy R-III before retiring, completing 33 years in the education. He served as a mentor for many aspiring young school administrators.

Among his survivors include his wife, Lisa Morrow, of Troy and a sister, Linda Banks, of Edina.

Visitation is planned April 12, 4-8 p.m. at the Doss Funeral Home in Edina. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at the St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Baring followed by burial in the church cemetery.