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Morristown is reviewing applications to replace Michael Wills as principal


MORRISTOWN – Morristown Central School is reviewing applicants to replace Principal O. Michael Wills as Mr. Wills moves to become the district’s business teacher.

As part of the process, Mr. Wills will see his salary reduced from roughly $70,000 to $52,000.

Mr. Wills and Superintendent David J. Glover would not comment on the reason behind the career change and pay cut, but Mr. Wills has taught business in the past.

After acting as the general manager for nine years at the Royal Glass Company in Capitol Heights, Md., a position he left in 1996, Mr. Wills taught business classes at the college level in Maryland for several years.

He was first hired as the Morristown principal in 2004, but was laid off for budgetary reasons in 2008.

He was hired again as principal in the district in 2011, but in the interim taught business and technology classes at Edwards-Knox Central School as well as teaching at SUNY Potsdam.

“Having run a business, it gives you a really strong background for teaching business. You have a wealth of experiences you can share with students,” Mr. Wills said. “It’s one thing to say something from a book; it’s another to be able be able to speak from personal experience.”

Mr. Wills said he hopes his classes will give students an opportunity to grow and launch successful careers.

“I believe that business electives are excellent choices to have,” Mr. Wills said. “Business is one of those things that relates directly to real life.”

Mr. Will said the details of the course he is going to teach are still being worked out.

“We haven’t nailed things down, but we’re looking at being able to offer students a variety of business courses,” Mr. Wills said.

Mr. Glover said the district hopes to hire a new principal by the end of July.

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