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.

13 comments:

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.

Suscribe to latest on JJ.

Recent Comments

Search Jackson Jambalaya

Loading...

Subscribe to JJ's Youtube channel

Archives

Who is the Hottest Reporter in Jackson?

Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).


Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.

Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".

In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.


In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.

Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.

Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.


Note: Security provided by INS.

Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

Note: Security provided by INS
.