Morris School District to celebrate golden anniversary with exhibit, tours, Oct. 1-2

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From the Morris Educational Foundation:

Community Invited to Attend Celebratory Events
to Explore the Past, Meet the Present and Hope for the Future

With the 2022-2023 school year officially underway, it is with great pride that the Morris School District (MSD) and the Morris Educational Foundation (MEF) celebrate the District’s 50-year history as the only school district in New Jersey created by a court order, mandating the merging of Morristown and Morris Township schools to promote racial integration.

Jenkins v. Twp. of Morris School Dist. and Bd. of Ed. was decided on June 25, 1971, and schools for the newly formed Morris School District formally opened on Sept. 7, 1972.

After the court order was decided, MSD was referred to as “The Lighthouse” to be a beacon for other communities. Since then, the District embarked on a historic journey to unite our communities and impact our students for generations to come.

“We are proud that the Morris School District has the unique distinction of being the only district in New Jersey to have been merged for the purpose of racial integration. Throughout these 50 years, the District has worked to maintain and support diversity, equity and inclusion in our schools as we are deeply committed to protecting and perpetuating the unique legacy of the District. We look forward to commemorating this landmark decision with community events the weekend of Oct. 1st,” said Morris School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Thomas Ficarra.

Celebration Activities:

The Morris School District Library Exhibit – Opening Oct. 1

Hosted at the Morristown & Morris Township Library, The Lighthouse exhibit explores the MSD merger, how the District implemented changes and its impact on students, residents and the community.

Morristown High School Historic Tours – Saturday, Oct. 1

Join student-led tours of Morristown High School from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm featuring the historic merger.

Pre-registration required.

Homecoming Football Game – Saturday, October 1

Cheer Morristown High School as they take on Randolph at 2:30pm.

Morristown Festival on The Green – Sunday, Oct. 2

Visit the booth from noon- 5:00 pm to learn more about the Morris School District and the Morris Educational Foundation.

The Morris Educational Foundation (MEF) was subsequently founded in 1992 by Stephen B. Wiley, lead counsel in the MSD merger, to generate and distribute resources to support and enhance MSD schools. For 30 years, this partnership has helped the District continue to be a model of visionary social and educational leadership in New Jersey and the country.

“The MEF is honored to support and celebrate the anniversary of the Morris School District,” said Joelle Servais, Morris Educational Foundation executive director.

“Our partnership — between the MSD and the MEF — created a legacy that endures today as we continue to collaborate and respond to the emerging needs of our students, teachers and families in the post-pandemic landscape.”

For more information on the 50th Anniversary Celebration and event updates, visit the Morris School District on Facebook and the Morris Educational Foundation on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About Morris Educational Foundation

The Morris Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to attract private resources to support a variety of educational programs and initiatives in support of the Morris School District. Through effective solicitation and distribution of funds, the Morris Educational Foundation helps enable the District to continue to be the model of visionary social and educational leadership it has been since its inception.

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