Children's alliance to honor Portland school chief

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PORTLAND — Superintendent of Schools James Morse Sr. will be honored this week by the Maine Children’s Alliance at its annual Champions for Children event at the Freeport Hilton Garden Inn.

Morse, who became Portland’s superintendent on July 1, is one of four people from throughout the state who will receive the Giraffe Award, which “recognizes those who stick their neck out to help improve the lives of Maine children,” the School Department said in a press release. 

MCA Executive Director Doug Rooks said Morse has demonstrated extraordinary leadership during his 33-year career in difficult situations without losing focus on the needs of children. 

Rooks noted Morse’s personal journey from a high school dropout to the leader of the state’s largest, most diverse school district. Morse also helped establish a magnet school for math and science in Aroostook County and successfully fostered cooperation between central Maine schools as superintendent of School Administrative District 47.

The award ceremony is Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.