Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sargent promoted Sargent right before she left office

Then Interim Superintendent Jayne Sargent of the Jackson Public School District promoted her son to the position of Executive Director of Research, Evaluation and Assessment only a few days before she left office on June 30, 2012. Dr. Jason Sargent was the principal at Rowan Middle School.

JJ obtained through a public records request a copy of Dr. Sargent's contract. The contract states Dr. Sargent is paid $86,355 for one year. The term of the contract expires on June 28, 2013 and started on July 2, 2012.  July 2 was the first day Dr. Cedric Grey began his term as Superintendent of JPS. Jayne Sargent signed the contract on June 27, 2012. Her term expired on July 1. Press release announcing his appointment.

Editorial comment: That was the news, now for the opinion. Dr. Sargent gives her son a nice fat promotion with a nice fat salary to a nice fat position at Jackson Public Schools just a few days before she leaves office. I will leave the question as to whether this violates any nepotism laws to more learned people. Keep it up Superintendents. When the legislature clips your wings next year, you will have no one to blame but yourselves.


Anonymous said...

This is why JPS is in the situation they are in financially. Suing the city isn't going to help when 'suspect' promotions are given. What exactly are the duties of an Executive Director, III? Also, does it warrant $86k for the year? JPS, like the current government needs to be scaled down...I am sure it wouldn't be hard to find redundancies in positions and responsibilities. I am all for teachers being paid their 'proven' worth. However, it is hard for me to swallow a pill of multiple positions in the administrative ranks JPS of making more than double of a lot of deserving teachers. This promotion from the surface confirms what my grandmother always said..."baby, something in the milk ain't clean..."

Anonymous said...

Sounds like something Lynn Weathersby (Rankin County Superintendent)would do

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of why Sears could not keep up with the competition over the past 30 years. They always promoted from inside. So, bad results got bad results. A basic foundation of business and goverment "inbreeding"
leads nowhere.

Anonymous said...

Then Ced Grey shows up and immediately hires his cronies at salaries double the base they were paid in Tennessee.

But hey, how can you blame "the Sargents" of the black community -- and let's face it JPS is the province of the black community -- for feathering the nests of their own when they know [and see] how the good ol' boys have grossly overpaid Duane O'Neill relative to the paucity of results he delivers.

Anonymous said...

Anon at 11:46. I agree O'Neill is paid too much --- BUT that's a different situation.

JPS is spending OUR money! Tax dollars. O'Neill is being paid by the members of his 'club'. Not tax dollars. Those that employ him are the ones paying him the enormous salary - and can decide to can him when they choose.

Those of us paying these salaries at JPS have no say so about who, when, why, how much......

It ain't my worry what O'Neill gets paid - but it is my worry what JPS spends!

JPD Lt. Graham asks "Can You Say Airwave?" said...

You don't get it. JPS IS the black community's club as is Jackson City government and Hinds County as well. The evidence that taxpayers are powerless to stop the corruption, nepotism and cronyism is ample and undeniable.

Anonymous said...

Not that unusual...

Ryan Kuykendall holds the same position of Director of Research and Accountability under his father's administration in DeSoto County and his daughter had a meteoric rise to principal.

Shadowfax said...

Dig a little deeper in Desoto. That system is rife with nepotism and favoritism. You can't turn around without bumping into the kinfolk or god-parent of someone in a higher position of authority. Try filing a grievance or complaint internally and you run into a relative of the perpetrator or her/his God-son or one who works closely with the perps wife.

Lynn Weathersby is chicken shit and small potatoes compared to Desoto. Watch for the trail of handouts, promotions, transfers and new hires in a few months when the Supt announces his retirement plans.

Mbrookes said...

Another JPS question: How much was Jesse Jackson paid to come speak at the opening convocation? Where did that money come from? Mr. Jackson is not known for freebies.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Jackson is not known for freebies.

Are you still talking about what he charges?

Anonymous said...

Was this act of cronyism to the max in the Clarion Ledger? I think if the taxpayers here knew of this they would be up in arms! This is so typical of corrupt officials. I had thought Mrs. Sargent above such a thing. She would walk but just could not leave that paycheck. When we get mad enough to stop putting up with this sort of thing I suppose we will do something about it. To me this should be a crime to hire a relative for a state job like this- probably totally unqualified. It is like the Sargents are stealing the amt of the salary. She was in a position to do it legally so will serve no jail time. Living in Sodom and Gommorah is very stressful for us who stay in shock at what we see and hear. There are no checks it appears on most of the corrupt things going on here. At least exposure may bring some redress. Let us hope and pray.

Anonymous said...

"Are you still talking about what he charges? "

Why shouldn't we? We're paying for it.

Anonymous said...

Was this act of cronyism to the max in the Clarion Ledger?

Wouldn't expect to see it reported as the C-L has always efforted to portray Sargent as one who walks on water.

Now that the cat is out of the bag regarding the garbage she'll pull let's hope the folks up in Oktibbeha County are watching her very, very closely.

Anonymous said...

Our school system is feeling the pain from this Dr. Sargent and her unfair work ethnics. We hope she leaves soon.

Anonymous said...

Our school system is feeling the pain from this Dr. Sargent and her unfair work ethnics. We hope she leaves soon.

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