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District Warns Morrison Chief

DALLAS -- An exchange of letters between Dallas School District's attorney and the attorney for Morrison Alternative Charter High School used tax dollars and drew critical comments from the Morrison Board at its Oct. 9 meeting.

The letter from the Dallas District warned Morrison Executive Director Don Wildfang that recruiting students or telling people to re-locate to avoid the limitation on enrollment from within the district are causes for termination of the Morrison charter.

It was estimated at the meeting that the correspondence between two offices in the same building may have cost more than a thousand dollars. That raised questions from Morrison board members as to why better communication doesn't exist between the Charter school and the parent district.

The letter apparently resulted from a Dallas district employee inquiring about enrolling a child in the Morrison program. Wildfang explained the school is full and that enrollment from within the Dallas district is limited to 75 students.

He then handed the individual a copy of the District Policy and Administrative Rule so she could see what the process was.

Wildfang emphasized to the board that no effort to "recruit" or even suggest a move out-of-district was made.

"The letter wasn't true. They can't just come in and lock the door," Board Chair Don Currey explained. "There's an appeals process and 60 days in which to appeal."

Lori Spellman, a board member, said she talked with the district employee and heard exactly the same thing as Wildfang reported.

Union request gets board's attention

DALLAS -- Voluntary recognition of an employee union at Morrison Alternative Charter High School awaits the outcome of a special board meeting called for Thursday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 a.m.

"We're all a team here (at Morrison)," said staff spokesman Ken Guffey.

"We don't want to break that up."

He emphasized a feeling of insecurity as the staff makes a transition from being Dallas School District employees to being Morrison Charter School employees.

"We feel a lot of ownership in Morrison. For me it's for my peace of mind," he said. "I'm a creature of habit."

Board Chair Don Currey explained that the employees may form a union regardless of the board's decision.

Director Chuck Lerwick commented that a contract could be drawn between the board and its employees without forming a union.

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