The USD 490 Board of Education approved the hire of Samantha Morgan as a Family Liaison and Alternative Programs Coordinator during the March 12 board meeting.
Morgan will provide a conduit between home and school communication as well as help families connect with resources. Her office will be located on the new Extend campus, which is slated to open with the 2018-19 school year, where she will also serve as the coordinator for all district alternative programs.
Until the new campus opens, Morgan will work from the district office as she begins to collaborate with counselors, alternative program staff, and administrators on the design of this first step toward a formal district social work support program.
“Samantha’s experience with connecting families to support services, as well as the fresh perspective and professional insight she brings to our district, mark a new chapter in our district goal of removing barriers to learning,” Superintendent Sue Givens said. “Working in conjunction with existing programs such as Extend, EHS Virtual School, Jobs for America’s Graduates, and Communities in Schools, Samantha will be instrumental to the process of aligning district student support services.”
Morgan earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Bethel College. She worked as a licensed social work specialist for the Department of Children and Families for nearly ten years before accepting this position with El Dorado Public Schools.