Former Rochelle graduate, Janet Morris, honored by Livingston school district

Janet Lemke Morris, a 1964 graduate of Rochelle High School, was recently honored by the Livingston ISD board of trustees with a retirement reception. Special recognition was given to her for her 32 years of service as an educator, 26 of those in Livingston. Her last seven years included a seven-year stint as superintendent of LISD. Making the presentations at the affair was the mayor of Livingston who read a resolution proclaiming Jan. 30, 2003 as “Janet Morris Day.” Other citations were received from the Polk County judge, and from State House of Representatives. Mrs. Morris was also presented a scrapbook detailing her career in Livingston, a hard hat for all of her work in the area, a retirement plaque and an Amish rocker to “rock the future grandchildren and enjoy the view of the bay from her back porch.” The highlight of the evening was the surprise announcement that the Livingston Junior High library be known as the “Janet Morris” library. A special bronze plaque is to be placed in the library in her honor. In making the presentation, the board commended Mrs. Morris for her honesty, integrity, work ethics, dedication and professionalism as a teacher, administrator and superintendent. In closing, Mrs. Morris thanked her family, friend, colleagues, former teachers, supervisors and community members for their love and support. Special guests were Mrs. Morris’ mother, Jane Lemke, of Rochelle, and her sister-in-law, Glenda Lemke of Brownwood. Janet’s sister, Lisa Land, is the assisitant principal at Brady High School. In 2001 Mrs. Morris was chosen Region VI Superintendent of the Year and also Polk County Woman of the Year by the Polk County AAUW chapter. In 2002 she was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Livingston Rotary Club and this year she was presented the Education Award by the Polk County Chamber of Commerce. She and her husband, Richard, who retired Jan. 30 as director of the probation department in Polk, San Jacinto and Trinity Counties, are now making their home on Baffin Bay in South Texas. They have two sons, Justin and wife, Candy, of Falfurrius, and Erich of LaVernia. The Morrises are expected their first grandchild in August.

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