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Clayton Schools auditing HR department

Luvenia Jackson

Luvenia Jackson

— Clayton County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Luvenia Jackson has ordered an audit of the district’s Human Resources Department to look into changes her predecessor made to the department, a school system spokesperson has confirmed.

Jackson has brought retired school system Chief Personnel Officer Jackie Hubbert and retired Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Ed Scott back to the district to conduct the audit, said district spokesman David Waller. He added Hubbert and Scott are also looking at the district’s Management Information Systems Department as part of the audit.

The audit is expected to wrap up at the end of the month. It was not prompted by allegations of misconduct, said Waller.

“The auditors are not ‘looking back,’ ” the district spokesman said.

Check the Friday edition of Clayton News Daily for additional details on this story.

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ClaytonTaxpayer 1 year, 10 months ago

In the words of Oprah Winfrey, "this, I know for sure." For decades, long before SACS found a need to consistently hold Clayton County Schools hostage for its board's behavior, the district has been nothing more than a jobs program. Thousands of employees, many of whom are supposedly trained in pedagogy but have no interest in ensuring that children receive a world-class education, work in Clayton for two reasons -- a pretty significant paycheck and because there is absolutely no accountability. What THEY know for sure is that they can spend decades in a school system; contribute minimal effort; get paid a pretty handome salary; and return daily to their homes in Fayette, Henry and surrounding counties with little threat of job loss for lack of performance. They spend their money in those counties; send their kids to high-performing or even mediocre public and private schools in those counties; and lament to their neighbors what a horrible place Clayton County is -- except of course, it's an okay place to pick up a paycheck. Meanwhile, parents in Clayton year after year send their children to classrooms where many of these people teach or serve as "building leaders", with little or no concern about their effectiveness. They don't review coursework; don't attend PTA meetings or teacher conferences; don't spend a day in the classroom to monitor or listen to the quality of instruction their child is receiving; don't attend school board meetings to listen to the board member with the short blonde hair speak incoherently about her experience and what she hopes to find in a superintendent; etc. Nobody -- parents, school board members or school leaders -- talk about improving student achievement, test scores, dropout rates, the importance of highly-qualified teachers and building leaders, clean facilities, million dollar contracts with no evaluation component to measure effectiveness, board governance, etc. Instead, what do we get? Certainly not an instructional audit. Rather, we get an interim supertendent whose first action as reported by the local newspaper is to extend contracts to two former (retired) school system employees -- not an instructional audit to examine what matters to students. We get a review of HR, something that matters to adults. And that, my friends, is the perpetuation of the jobs program. I pray that Ms. Jackson's comprehensive review examines who we are putting before our children and whether they are truly effective in delivering on their core business -- providing children, all children, with the world-class education they deserve.

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Lunchman 1 year, 10 months ago

Do you think, that after the audit, that money will be paid to those workers who were compelled to work more than their normal 40 hour work week because they were deemed as "excempt." That means that these people can work a lot more than 8 hours a day and even be scheduled to work more than 8 hours a day and not receive any additional funds. Some might even call that slavery. HR personnel needs to be reorganized and maybe even replaced.

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