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Jan 12, 2016 8:38 PM

Overwhelming support for Exeter superintendent who canceled all school dances despite petition

EXETER - During public input at school budget meeting, there was overwhelmingly support for SAU-16 Superintendent Michael Morgan, just days after a citizen petition warrant article called for a vote of no confidence.

Just over 50 people signed the petition. Morgan is being criticized by some parents after his recent decision to cancel most school dances at Exeter High School. At the time, Morgan cited student behavior and referenced the high profile Owen Labrie sexual assault case as the tipping point for his decision.

At Tuesday’s meeting, all but one spoke in support of Morgan.

“He has recruited good people, passed good budgets, he has always supported the student as his highest priority,” said Sally Oxnard of Exeter.

“We have 10,000 parents in this school district - never mind how many residents are voters - and 56 people can put their name on a paper and all of a sudden someone’s entire career is in jeopardy?,” said Melissa Litchfield of Brentwood.

“It’s not about the dances, it’s about leadership and we need to start listening to our kids, respecting them, appreciating their culture,” said Elyse Gallo of Brentwood.

The School Board was unanimous in their vote to not recommend the article, but it will still appear on the warrant to be voted on by the public.

All of the Board members spoke in support of Morgan, saying many of his decisions are made with the Board.

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