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Marion names new AD

BY Spencer Durham - sdurham@chronicle-tribune.com

The next athletic director at Marion High School will have a familiar name and a familiar voice.

The hire of Steve Moritz, who served as athletic director in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, was officially approved by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees Tuesday night.

Moritz has been a fixture in the Marion community for his entire life whether it has been with Marion Community Schools or broadcasting local sports.

“I have missed the job greatly,” he told the school board. “I feel I can do the job and lead this team in the way it needs to be led.”

Moritz, whose wife, Cathy Moritz, serves as school board president, said he wants to bring stability back to the position and athletic department.

“The department needs stability,” he said. “There hasn’t been any stability for 16 years.”

Moritz said the department needs to be accountable to the community, parents and students while developing better communication with media outlets and the community as a whole.

“He wants the job with a passion,” said Superintendent Brad Lindsay. “He knows the job, he knows what to anticipate...We want people to serve our students who want to be here.”

Asked how long he’s had the itch to return to his former position, Moritz said he’s always had it.

“I think I’ve always known I’ve wanted to give it another go,” he said. “I love kids, and I love to be with kids. It’s kind of a natural (fit).”

Moritz is also a fixture in local radio. He hosts “Moritz Sports” on WBAT and calls high school sports along with Notre Dame football games for Fox Sports Radio Network and Network Indiana.

The radio personality said he intends to continue “Moritz Sports” and has the blessings of Lindsay, High School Principal Keith Burke and WBAT.

“I’m going to attempt to do it at this time...,” Moritz said. “They have worked it out where I can do the show from here (Marion High School), from the office, and do like a conference call situation.”

“I’ve done it before,” he said of the dual responsibilities. “I think I can handle that.”

As for calling games, Moritz said that will come to the end, though added it’s still to be determined on the Notre Dame end.

In other personnel notes, included in the administrative report was the resignation of Kendall Principal Trudy Grafton. The board officially approved her resignation as part of approving the report as a whole.

Grafton began her tenure at the start of this school year. A press release from the school had initially stated she would “take on an administrative assignment at the district level.”

Larry Norris will see through the remainder of the school year as principal at Kendall. Norris was a former principal at both Kendall and Frances Slocum elementary schools. Norris was brought on as assistant principal at the school at the beginning of the year.

Olivia Wright will take over duties next school year. She’s served as a teacher at Kendall and is currently director of special education.

“She’ll be a great chemistry fit...,” Lindsay said of Wright. “She knows the parents and the kids.”

Lindsay did not comment on the reason for Grafton’s resignation but was appreciative of her time as principal.

“I’m thankful for her experience and expertise,” he said. “She worked hard for us...I wish her nothing but the best.”

Administrative changes have been fairly frequent the in the past year at Marion Community Schools.

Brenda McVicker resigned last summer as director of elementary education. Gwen Lavert replaced Anne Liddick as principal at Frances Slocum. Grafton had replaced long-time Kendall Principal David Khalouf, and Robin Peterman replaced Michael Wingert as principal at Justice Intermediate.