It’s a busy upcoming weekend for Nath Morris.
The chairman of the Hall County Board of Education is being sworn in as president of the Georgia School Board Association at its summer conference.
“GSBA is the organization that all school boards kind of come under,” Morris said. “We have to get training from it; there’s seminars that have to do with school law. We can basically learn how to be a board member.
“And, GSBA advocates at the capital for education-related legislation,” he added. “They’re there during the sessions, and they give us feedback on what’s being discussed and voted on. It’s a very important organization to get the voice of the public schools out.”
Morris will assume the presidency for the next year; he was vice president two years ago, and spent the past year as president-elect.
“One of the things we do at the GSBA convention in Savannah is, we have a list of legislative priorities that we feel strongly about,” he said. “It’s not GSBA. It’s the collective, 185 elected public school boards that submit the legislative positions.”
Morris graduated in 1982 from Gainesville High School; his two adult daughters graduated from North Hall High.
He was first elected to the Hall County Board of Education in 2000, and was vice chairman from 2003 until 2010, when he was elected to his current position.
He’ll be inducted to his new position with GSBA on Saturday morning at the association’s summer conference in Savannah.
One of the positions the school board association advocates is nonpartisan school board elections. It’s a position with which Morris strongly agrees.
“I think it’s important that we keep politics out of schools,” said Morris.
“A class full of kindergartners does not care whether you’re red or blue, Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal.
“We’ve got to make sure that we’ve got their best interests and educational future in mind, and not politics.”