Thursday May 24 2012
Weimar Hills School math teacher put on paid administrative leave
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
District mum on reasons behind educator?s absence from classroom
AUBURN CA - A Weimar Hills Charter School teacher is no longer in class and a school official said Thursday that he?s been placed on administrative leave. Placer Hills Union School District teacher Jeff Morrison has been employed by the Meadow Vista-Weimar-area district since 1999, teaching 6th and 7th grade mathematics courses at the Weimar Hills Charter School. The district?s superintendent said Thursday that Morrison was placed on administrative leave May 4. The district is not releasing specifics on why Morrison is no longer in the classroom. ?This is a personnel matter and, as such, I cannot publicly comment,? Superintendent Fred Adam said. Adam said a substitute teacher is now teaching classes Morrison regularly would be overseeing. No statements have been issued to students or parents regarding Morrison?s absence, he said. ?That?s because there is nothing we can say at this time,? Adam said. James McKesson, a grandparent of a student at the school, told the Journal that he has concerns that if there is validity to any complaints made against the teacher, that they not ?be swept under the rug.? But McKesson said he also wants to know if Morrison has been cleared of any allegations that may be connected with the decision to put the teacher on administrative leave. ?My concern is, if this has any validity, that an investigation is taking place,? McKesson said. Citing the situation as a personnel issue, Adam said he couldn?t make a comment on any steps the district may or may not have made. ?I can?t comment one way or another,? Adam said. Weimar Hills has about 300 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in the charter school and 678 overall. A message was left on Morrison?s home phone giving him the opportunity to tell his side of the story to the Auburn Journal but he had not returned the call by Thursday evening. A substitute teacher replaced Morrison at his Weimar Hills classes on May 4, the day after the Placer Hills Union School District board?s last regular monthly meeting. There is no record in the minutes from the meeting published online that anyone spoke during public comment period on any actions by Morrison. There was also no record in the minutes to suggest the board took the matter up either in open or closed session. Minutes show the closed session that took place before the board meeting took up an appeal on an expulsion case and consideration of the superintendent?s 2012-2014 contract.