CMS board to discuss employee complaints

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board is planning to take a closer look at how the district handles employee complaints as part of a day-long workshop Wednesday.

The board also will discuss how it evaluates employees and when it conducts business in private. All three issues were thrown into the spotlight by former Superintendent Heath Morrison’s sudden departure late last year – but it’s unclear how specifically the discussion Wednesday will be tied to those events.

Morrison resigned after an investigation into complaints that he bullied staff members, among other allegations. Afterward, Morrison said these concerns were never brought to his attention. He also said he received nothing but positive evaluations from the school board.

Since then, teachers have insisted that a “ culture of fear” has permeated further into the ranks of CMS employees.

A private board session just before Morrison resigned also has drawn criticism. The school board discussed a legal department reorganization that gave significant raises to CMS attorneys in a closed session meeting in September. Morrison privately opposed the plan. Weeks later, legal department head George Battle III began the investigation into Morrison.

School board member Eric Davis has said the decision on the raises should have been made in the open.

The three topics make up a roughly two-hour chunk of time during the work session. The school board also will look at its magnet programs and how it holds schools accountable.