District 5 board member Jeff Morris said today he plans to resign from the Douglas County School Board later this month.

Morris, the board's only Republican member, announced his plans today, June 7, with an effective date of June 17. The Board of Education will announce plans to fill his vacancy at a later date, a news release stated.

The three-term board member plans to devote his full-time attention to a new career endeavor and spending time with his two grandchildren.

“I am grateful to my fellow board members for the opportunities we have had to create and fulfill board objectives during my tenure," he said.

"With each other's support, we have worked to implement strategies to improve student performance and growth. These efforts have allowed us to fulfill our mission of improving the college and career readiness of every student.”

Morris previously worked in the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office. He will begin working this summer alongside Executive Secretary David Emadi with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, the release stated.

Emadi is a 2006 Chapel Hill High School graduate and distinguished alum of the Douglas County School System.

Morris’ district includes Alexander High, Bill Arp Elementary, Chapel Hill High, Dorsett Shoals Elementary, Fairplay Middle, Holly Springs Elementary, Mason Creek Elementary, Mason Creek Middle, South Douglas Elementary and Yeager Middle School.

Morris is the senior-most member of the Douglas County Board of Education. He first won election in 2008 and began his term with the board in 2009. He served as chairman in 2011 and vice chairman from 2012 through 2014.

Morris extended his thanks to his colleagues and the Douglas County community for their support.

“The Douglas County School System is so blessed. Our school system is filled with people passionate about providing our students with a first-class education,” he said. “Our teachers, our parents and our dedicated volunteers care deeply about the success of every student."

Superintendent Trent North said Morris has been an ardent community leader and supporter for several decades.

“Mr. Morris’ commitment to excellence has been an inspiration to this community. He is a strong advocate for public education who will be remembered for his desire to see every student achieve educational excellence.

"His impact on the Douglas County School System will never be forgotten.”

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