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Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

To all of my supporters!

The only words I can use to describe tonight’s outcome is deep, deep gratitude. To be reelected with such an overwhelming margin and level of support – 96% of people who voted in this school board election included me as one of their choices –  is indeed truly humbling.

For this, I say “THANK YOU!”

I am VERY grateful to everyone who helped spread my message across Warren. I am grateful for the many emails sent and calls made on my behalf. I am grateful for the support, advice, and guidance of many of our township, community and school leaders. The broad support I have received from every corner of our community is overwhelming. It is indeed an honor to have earned your trust for another term.

With the election over… our important work continues!

The agenda I campaigned on will be the focus of my new term on the WHRHS Board of Education: revision of the strategic plan, significantly improved communication and transparency, continued fiscal responsibility and ensuring a high quality, well-rounded education for EVERY student.

This is the proven leadership the residents of Warren have come to expect from me. This is how I will continue to represent you.

As I prepare for a new term I will be spending time working on these issues. As part of this process, I genuinely welcome your input. I invite you to call, email or stop me at the store to share your thoughts, concerns or ideas. 

We will only elevate Watchung Hills to meet its’ full potential as a truly great high school by working together to make a positive difference for our community.

You have my commitment to do just that.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

Bob Morrison
Watchung Hills Regional High School Board of Education

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Endorsement: “We Encourage voters to choose Morrison”

I am very excited to receive the endorsement from the Echoes-Sentinal. I am humbled by their words.

“We encourage voters to choose Morrison.”

Morrison is as valuable to his board’s discussion as any elected official in the Watchung Hills. He is a regular advocate for exploring alternatives and performing in-depth analyses. Few public meetings end without Morrison raising one or two topics for board discussion that didn’t make the agenda.

Known statewide for his advocacy for arts education, Morrison has worked to ensure students receive a well-rounded education to prepare them for the real world – not just standardized tests.

We urge voters to support his re-election.

Echoes-Sentinal October 24, 2019

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Bob Morrison Earns Prestigious Certified Board Leader Designation.

From the Echoes-Sentinel:

WARREN TWP. – Robert Morrison has earned a rare honor among Board of Education members in New Jersey.

Morrison, a member of the Watchung Hills Regional High School District Board of Education, was awarded the Certified Board Leader recognition by the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) at a board meeting at the high school on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

The honor is the highest level of certification offered through the NJSBA Board Member Academy certification program. It is granted to board members who meet a number of training and professional development requirements.

Morrison is a member and past president of the Somerset County School Boards Association, a past president of the Watchung Hills board, and serves on the NJSBA Board of Directors. He is the director of Arts Ed NJ, a nonprofit organization that advocates for arts opportunities in New Jersey schools.

Larry Feinsod, executive director of the NJSBA, presented Morrison with the recognition at the Aug. 20 meeting. Of the roughly 5,000 board members in the state, he noted, very few achieve Certified Board Leader certification.

“It’s not easy and it’s an inordinate amount of time,” he said.

The award is reserved for board members who undergo 60 hours of training at a variety of state and regional programs, pass a written examination, and attend at least 10 county SBA meetings, three NJSBA workshops and five full-day professional development programs.

Honorees must also display leadership at either the local, county or state level.

“And of course, it’s obvious that Bob Morrison has done tremendously well at all levels,” Feinsod said.

Feinsod, as NJSBA executive director, attends county school board meetings across the state. No matter where he goes, he said, whenever somebody raises the topic of arts education, Morrison’s name is sure to follow.

“Rightfully so,” he said, “because Bob has been a champion of the arts.”

Feinsod said Morrison is well deserving of “this unique and difficult award.”

“It’s been a privilege and continues to be a privilege to know you,” he said, “and you exemplify the best amongst board members in the state of New Jersey.”

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Celebrating Arts in Our Schools Month

Many of you know about my strong support for arts education for every child. Since March is Arts In Our Schools Month I thought it appropriate to share this editorial I penned for the Star Ledger. Enjoy!screen-shot-2019-03-05-at-3-39-04-pm

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Thank You for a Resounding Victory!

The only words I can use to describe tonight’s outcome is deep, deep gratitude. To be reelected with the highest vote totals ever for a contested Board of Education election is indeed truly humbling.

For this I say “THANK YOU!”

I am VERY grateful to everyone who helped spread my message across Warren. I am grateful for the many emails sent and calls made on my behalf. I am grateful for the support, advice and guidance of many of our township, community and school leaders. The broad support I have received from our community, as demonstrated by the tonight’s totals, is very humbling. It is indeed an honor to have earned your trust for another term.

With the election over… our important work continues!

The agenda I campaigned on will be the focus of my new term on the WHRHS Board of Education: implementation of the new strategic plan, improved communication and transparency and ensuring a high quality, well-rounded education for EVERY student.

This is the proven leadership the residents of Warren have come to expect from me. This is how I will continue to represent you.

As I prepare for a new term I will be spending time working on these issues. As part of this process I welcome your input. I invite you to call, email or stop me at the store to share your thoughts, concerns or ideas.

We will only elevate Watchung Hills to meet its’ full potential as a truly great high school by working together to make a positive difference for our community. You have my commitment to do just that.

THANK YOU for your support!

Bob Morrison

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Echoes-Sentinel Endorsement: Vote Fallon, Morrison for Watchung Hills Regional Board

A race among three Warren Township residents for two seats on the Watchung Hills Regional Board of Education is an interesting one featuring two active, experienced incumbents and a young, passionate challenger running for the first time.

Peter Fallon has served on the board for nine years and has made it one of his top priorities to be fiscally responsible while ensuring a quality education to all students of our regional high school. He serves as chair of the board’s finance and operations committees and it’s clear he takes those responsibilities seriously, specifically with his in-depth reports during board meetings.

Robert Morrison has served for three years on the board and was elected as vice president during that span. Aside from his work as chair of the policy committee, Morrison is just an available board member. He makes it a point to speak with members of the Watchung Hills community and consider all that he hears in his decisions and discussions during meetings.

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Watchung Hills Board Goals: Expand Communication, Implement Strategic Plan

From the Echoes Sentinel

WARREN TWP. – The Watchung Hills Board of Education has approved two board goals for the 2016-17 school year, one to expand their communication and the other to implement the district’s strategic plan.

Key ideas discussed during the July board retreat included expanding the board’s lines of communication and members’ role in implementing the district’s strategic plan, said Robert Morrison, board vice president.

With improving their communication in mind, board member Glenn Mastrobattista suggested creating a body within the board to handle any communication issues or concerns.

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Re-elect Morrison, Fallon to Watchung Hills Regional board

Published in the Echoes-Sentinel

EDITOR: On Nov. 8, I encourage all Warren residents to cast your vote to re-elect Peter Fallon and Bob Morrison to the Watchung Hills Regional High School Board of Education.

Both Peter and Bob bring distinct talents to the board, while both gentlemen are part of a strong collaboration that has seen Watchung Hills’ academic rating climb to record heights, which is great for both our students and our community.

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Watchung Hills Regional Ranked 11th Best High School

From the Echoes-Sentinel

WARREN TWP. – Watchung Hills Regional High School moved up the rankings this year in New Jersey Monthly Magazine‘s list of Top 100 public high schools in the state, jumping from 50 to 11.

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Watchung Hills Regional Board Considers Broadcasting Meetings

From the Echoes-Sentinel

WARREN TWP. – The Watchung Hills Regional High School Board of Education is considering broadcasting its meetings on local public access channels and has agreed to pursue the idea in Warren Township.

At a meeting last month, Board Vice President Robert Morrison said members of the Warren community are interested in having the Watchung Hills Regional board meetings broadcast on local television. The board then asked administrators to study the feasibility of this for all four sending districts.

“It’s complicated; some of the towns don’t have channels,” said Business Administrator Timothy Stys at the Wednesday, Oct. 7 board meeting. “We do know that Warren does and that seems doable; the easiest of the group. But you have to go through the local cable provider and (Verizon) Fios. It gets trickier outside of Warren with Long Hill being particularly tricky. It’s a little complicated with Long bill because of some of their equipment.

“Watchung is another problem because they don’t have a channel and Green Brook doesn’t have one either. Clearly Warren we can do easily but then the other three are kind of where the time and effort will come out. It’s really just tricky with a regional high school in general.”

While the board can continue to post their meeting videos and offer information on the district’s website, Morrison said they should still pursue broadcasting in Warren.

“Obviously there is nothing we can do about the two towns that don’t have public access cable,” said Morrison. “I think we are doing what we can now by putting info up on the website. We should certainly look into what would make it viable to put this on in other towns.

“It’s easy enough to start this in one town outfitted with the technology. I wouldn’t want the fact that because two townships don’t have the channels, it denies one population from the ability to take advantage.”

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