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SELECTION OF SUPERINTENDENT IN MORGAN MAY HELP EASE RIFTS

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The appointment of J. Dale Christensen as superintendent of Morgan School District may resolve long-standing problems in the district, an office spokesman said.

Christensen, a member of the Granite Board of Education and principal of a Jordan District school, will succeed Joseph K. Ball, who resigned in January after months of controversy regarding his management style and differences of opinion on how district funds should be spent, the unnamed district employee said. Ball had been superintendent since July 1985."We're all hoping that a `home-grown' Utahn will help us get back to business," the employee said.

Vernile Matheson, Morgan High School principal, has been acting superintendent for several months.

The district has undergone several difficult leadership changes in recent years. Roy Rumbler, Ball's predecessor, was superintendent for just one and a half years.

The Granite Board will have 30 days after Christensen's actual resignation date, which has not been set, to name a successor on the board. Otherwise, by state law, the Salt Lake County Commission would be responsible for filling the Precinct 5 vacancy.

Christensen, who is principal of Heartland Elementary School in Jordan District, was elected to the Granite board in 1982. He taught in elementary schools until 1973, when he became a principal. He earned a doctorate in education from Brigham Young University.