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Justice superintendent is more than just an educator to district's students

Some superintendents in smaller districts wear three several hats. William Harrison, superintendent of Justice Public Schools in Seminole County, wears the most. He works as a teacher, counselor, principal and superintendent.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Published: January 21, 2013

The Justice School District is in Seminole County, serving 172 students in a 16-square-mile area.

The farming community offers prekindergarten through eighth grade and a 3-year-old Head Start program.

Most of the students attend high school in Wewoka after their years at Justice.

“I am on my third generation of students,” Harrison said. “I have raised my children and grandchildren here.”

Harrison said that when he walks down the hall, the children come up to him and hug him.

“You can't have a bad day after getting a hug,” Harrison said.

Technology has been the biggest change in the school through the years, he said.

“Over the years, parenting has changed and we have older parents taking care of grandchildren,” Harrison said. “They don't have the energy to attend all the activities, but they are filling a need.”

“Grandparents are necessities,” Harrison said.

The saddest part of Harrison's tenure is attending funerals of students. He has been a pallbearer, honorary pallbearer and given eulogies.

At the end of the school term, Harrison said, he plans to retire.

“I don't know what my plans are just yet,” Harrison said.

The Harrisons have two adult children and five grandchildren.