The Carroll ISD on Thursday said it is seeking permission from the Attorney General’s Office to withhold certain information from an Open Records request made by the Star-Telegram about the district’s review of the Dragons’ football program and its head coach.
Carroll head football coach Hal Wasson has been on paid administrative leave since Jan. 24, when Carroll ISD superintendent David Faltys said in an email letter to Dragon Football Families that the district had determined there was a need to conduct an internal review of the program, and that a report would be shared with the UIL.
The Star-Telegram has requested copies of all material regarding the review of the program, and material that prompted initiation of the review.
“The District respectfully asserts that some of the responsive information is not public under the Act, and therefore not subject to disclosure, and/or is covered by an exception of the Act and therefore may be withheld at the discretion of the District,” the Carroll letter to the AG’s office stated.
Wasson’s attorney, Karl “Tiger” Hanner, said his office did receive the Carroll ISD response to the Star-Telegram request, but he has not received anything else from the district.
“I have not seen any of these documents,” Hanner said. “We’ve received no documents.”
Hanner later added: “At this point we’re not even sure what the UIL allegations are.”
Thursday’s action by Carroll ISD requires an update on the Open Records request within 15 business days.
The review has focused on the culture of the football program, procedures as they relate to UIL rules and ensuring employees’ understanding and compliance with district policies, practices and guidelines. The review is being conducted by Carroll athletic director Darren Allman, assistant superintendents and the human resources department.
A half-dozen parents spoke on Wasson’s behalf at the Jan. 5 school board meeting, most waiting nearly four hours to address the trustees and Faltys. The next scheduled board meeting is Feb. 26.
Wasson, 61, is 121-25 with an .829 winning percentage in his 11 seasons at Carroll, including a state championship in 2011.
He is in the middle of completing the first half of a two-year contract. A Star-Telegram story this past fall noted Wasson’s annual salary at $115,126.