Tim Morgan officially announced last Thursday that he will run for an at-large seat on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Board of Education. Morgan has served two years on the board for District 6 which comprises Mint Hill, Matthews and South Charlotte.
Morgan, a graduate of Independence High School, said that if he wins, it could be a win-win for the southeastern portions of Mecklenburg County. That’s because the board would have to appoint someone to take over the District 6 seat he currently occupies, giving Mint Hill and the rest of the southeastern Mecklenburg County two representatives on the board of education.
A crowd of reporters, Morgan’s family, and supporters including Charlotte City Council members Warren Cooksey and Andy Dulin, attended Morgan’s press conference in front of the government building in downtown Charlotte Thursday. Morgan said the top priority for the next school board will be selecting a new superintendent to replace Peter Gorman who announced his departure in early June.
“Hiring a superintendent will be the most important decision this board makes,” he said.
Morgan also noted that he would like to continue the effort to look into areas of the school system that can be privatized so that the school board can create future savings. The board voted 5-4 in support of the privatization initiative earlier this year.
Morgan could replace one of the two current at-large school board members who are not running for another term. Trent Merchant announced recently that he will not seek another term, and Coach Joe White, the longest tenured member of the board of education, is also not running.
Morgan said it was Merchant’s decision not to run that made him consider an at-large bid.
“There is an opportunity to fill the leadership void on the school board,” Morgan said. “I bring two years of board experience and an understanding of the issues this board faces.”
Morgan’s wife Janet, who he met as a student at Independence, said he has a long history of service to the community.
“He is very passionate about education and children,” she said. “ Everything he’s done is about his passion for children.”
Morgan is currently a stay-at-home dad. He previously worked for the York County Chamber of Commerce.