Student Supports and Equity a District Priority


Paul Hayes has been named Executive Manager of Learning Supports. He previously served the District as secondary student services facilitator and as a school counselor. In his new role, Hayes will oversee the supports that schools, students, and families receive to ensure that the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of students are being addressed.

“By putting supports in place to remove barriers to learning, students have a better chance of improving their achievement and being college and career ready by the time they reach graduation,” he noted. “I am excited about the “big picture”, systemic view I will be able to have while making sure our policies and practices are focused on what is best for ALL students.”

Hayes earned his BA degree in secondary English education and journalism from University of Northern Iowa, a MA in school counseling from UNI, and an Advanced Endorsement in educational administration from Drake University. He began working in the District in 2002.

Ken Morris has joined the District as Manager of Student Equity. He most recently had served as Director of Intercultural Life at Cornell College. In his District role, Ken will ensure compliance with policies associated with student equity and will work to foster student and family engagement, supports, and involvement as well as community partnerships. Additionally, Ken will collaborate with administrators to resolve issues related to bullying and harassment.

“My role aligns with the District’s vision of excellence for all, understanding there are a myriad of learning styles and instruction and making sure we meet the needs of everyone in the District so they not only survive but thrive,” he explained. “I look forward to learning about the culture and the climate our schools. I’m eager to understand what the needs are so that I can work collaboratively with all of our stakeholders and community partners as an agent of change and transformation.”

Morris earned his BA degree in liberal arts from Monmouth College and an MS in Educational Leadership from Western Illinois University.

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