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Morrison's equipment given away

DALLAS -- Morrison Charter School is no more, but its equipment will serve students at six other Oregon charter schools.



DALLAS -- Morrison Charter School is no more, but its equipment will serve students at six other Oregon charter schools.

Computers, books, printers, desks, chairs, digital projectors and wall maps all were packed into the old Morrison gym to be picked through and carted off by other charter school staffers.

A representative from the Oregon Department of Education was there to oversee the giveaway. None of the items was staying in Polk County.

"It was a decision of the Oregon State Board that because it (Morrison) was a high school where an at-risk population was being served this should go to a similar organization," Teresa Schneiderman, the DOE representative, said.

Dallas School District Superintendent Christy Perry wanted Luckiamute Valley Charter School to be invited to the equipment transfer. She said it seemed only fair that a school in Polk County should benefit from Morrison, but the DOE was adamant that the Morrison assets should go to other high schools.

All of the properties given out were purchased with charter school grant money. Each item that a staffer selected would be listed on their school's grant inventory during the next fiscal year.

"It is now considered part of your grant," Schneiderman told the assembled teachers.

Once the introductions were over, Perry drew school names from a basket to see who would rifle through the things first. Soon several school representatives were milling around with yellow sticky notes, labeling the pieces of Morrison history they planned to carry off.

Morrison Charter School had a number of administrative problems, and last year the Dallas School board decided not to renew its charter and bring the alternative education of at-risk youth back under the district's direct control.

"It's sad, but the New Morrison Alternative School will be starting in September with new computers and new students," Perry said as she watched.

"That's something to look forward to."



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