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Superintendent, board face questions on Placer Hills Union School District teacher

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - Placer Hills Union School District trustees have voted in closed session on disciplinary action involving an employee but the person?s identity or the outcome is not being disclosed by the Meadow Vista-Weimar-area district. During the open portion of Thursday?s Placer Hills school-board meeting, before trustees went into the closed session, a member of the public asked questions about the status of longtime teacher Jeff Morrison. A Weimar Hills Charter School 6th and 7th grade mathematics teacher, Morrison was placed on administrative leave May 4. But school officials ? citing its status as a personnel issue ? have declined to provide specifics on what Morrison is on administrative leave for. James McKesson, a grandparent of a student at Weimar Hills, asked Superintendent Fred Adam on Thursday during public comment period how an investigation into the Morrison matter is proceeding. Adam said that while it is a personnel matter, ?the board is taking action.? ?But I can?t describe anything beyond that,? Adam said. McKesson asked when the results of the investigation will be available to the public. Adam said those results would become public ?over the summer.? ?Steps have been taken but I can?t describe what we have or haven?t done,? Adam said. ?There is a procedure prescribed by law and we have to follow that procedure and that procedure takes time.? On Friday, Adam stated in an e-mail that the board approved a resolution during the closed, disciplinary session. Adam responded to a Journal request for the wording of a resolution with an e-mail stating that the district?s attorney had advised him not to discuss the details of the resolution. Adam also declined to say what the status of Morrison?s employment is with the district. Morrison started work with the district in 1999. ?My suggestion with regards to the status of Mr. Morrison is for you to contact him directly because I am not able to comment about his status at this time,? Adam said. Efforts to reach Morrison over the past month by the Journal have been unsuccessful. Adam said that the resolution was adopted unanimously by the three board members present: Norma Taylor, Cynthia Gunderson and Greg Stuck. Absent were Tracy Critchfield and Jonathan Schwartz. Adam added that while the district is unable to comment on any particular case, student or employee matter under investigation or is required to be kept confidential by state or federal law, the safety and welfare of its students ?will always be our primary concern.? ?Whenever there are any incidents where we feel that proper policies, practices and procedures have not been followed, we promptly and thoroughly investigate and take all appropriate actions which may very well include employee discipline, dismissal and release,? Adam said.