Three formal grievances filed against Shining Rock Classical Academy interim school director Josh Morgan were dismissed earlier this month by the school during a recent Governance Committee meeting.
Because the SRCA board did not email out public notices regarding the June 6 committee meeting, the meeting was illegal, held in violation of the North Carolina’s transparency laws.
However, the SRCA board did post notice of the meeting on SRCA’s website on the calendar and a paper copy was also posted at the school.
The grievances discussed during the meeting had been filed last month by three former SRCA parents, Melissa Taylor, Laura Arrington and Kellie Messer.
Each parent cited concerns regarding Morgan’s approach with their children. Specifically, Messer claimed that Morgan had lost his temper and used improper physical contact with her son and she filed a complaint with The Waynesville Police Department, which prompted an investigation.
The results of the investigation were given to District Attorney Ashley Welch’s office, however, it is unclear whether charges are forthcoming.
SRCA’s attorney David R. Hostetler served as the grievance facilitator who was assigned to investigate the allegations by the SRCA’s grievance committee.
Hostetler, a Raleigh-based attorney who specializes in education law and represents a number of charter schools across the state, said his role as the facilitator was to identify the facts, interview those involved and ultimately make a recommendation to the committee.
“Where things are uncertain, I basically just try to clarify the accounts and ensure that the circumstances are fair,” Hostetler said.
However, Hostetler said he was not able to speak to the details of the investigation or the June 6 meeting.
“This is an internal and confidential process,” he said about the grievance process. “It is not intended to be grieved in the public.”
Morgan confirmed there was no disciplinary action taken and that all three grievances were dismissed by the committee.
“There was no surprise at all on the outcome of the grievances,” Morgan said. “This is a situation where the processes were weaponized for malice and personal gain. The good thing is, when you have a good process, the facts come out.”
The decision to hire a new school director for SRCA’s 2019-20 school year is still pending as Welch’s office mulls what to do with the results of the investigation.
There is currently no update on when the decision will be made. The next SRCA board meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m.
"The DA has released its findings of the investigation since the initial publishing of this story and found no cause for charges."