2 + 2 still equals four, right? Hmmm? Maybe not at Georgetown College.
At last Thursday's Scott School Board Work Session, the obvious cover up continued regarding the district's curious Transportation Department's staffing numbers. Only this time the effort was aided and abetted by Board Member Fryman.
Recall the obfuscation we recounted in our last post that occurred at the June 4 School Board meeting. What we didn't mention was a cat and mouse game Human Resources Director Dr.* Rick Culross played at that meeting with Board members questioning some of the shenanigans being played with Transportation's staffing. He, in cooperation with the Superintendent and Artistic Director of Transportation Roy Prince, led the Board on a wild goose chase regarding whether staffing had increased or not in Transportation. Since then it appears the Board has sought clarification, and at this past Thursday's work session they compared Transportation administrative staffing levels from the 2011-12 school year (prior to bringing on Roy Prince as Artistic Director of Transportation) with those of the current year ending June 30th. And after our carefully researching this as well, Mrs. Fryman's statement Thursday evening to Mr. Prince that she "sees it", that is, she sees that staffing did NOT increase - defies simple addition. Here are the facts.
For the duration of the 2011-12 school year, Transportation was operated with 3.5 front office administrative positions. Those positions were a Director (1.0), a Route Supervisor (1.0), an Assistant Route Supervisor (1.0), and a half time Driver Trainer (0.5). Lets see, hmmm, 1 + 1 + 1 + .5 = 3.5 front office administrative positions. For the same year the bus garage was staffed by a Vehicle Supervisor, 2 full time mechanics (one a son of the Route Supervisor) and a half time mechanic's helper (another son). That also adds to 3.5 positions, for a total of 7.0, Mrs. Fryman.
Fast forward to this year when in November the Artist's creative juices were flowing full blast. Seems about then Mr. Prince's Route Supervisor was showing signs of being overwhelmed. Little surprise what with Mr. Prince having previously reduced the full time Assistant Route Supervisor to a half time position and he himself either unable or unwilling to assist the Route Supervisor. The creative fix? Instead of restoring the Assistant Route Supervisor to full time, Mr. Prince instead moved the Route Supervisor's son out of his mechanic position in the bus garage and into the office to assist his Route Supervisor mother. Here's where it gets "creative".
State regulation does not allow a family member in a direct subordinate position to another family member. How to get around this? Allow the son to perform the Assistant Route Supervisor duties but assign him the title of Driver Trainer, a position not directly subordinate to his mother. But wait! Remember Mr. Prince had replaced the half time Driver Trainer he found here when he arrived, with an out of county crony in a full time Driver Trainer position. Since the son was named Driver Trainer (although not training any) the actual crony Driver Trainer continued training but was given the title of Assistant Route Supervisor. Wow! Same old playing fast and loose with Transportation positions that have gone on for the duration of the Putty administration, yet Mrs. Fryman "sees it".
Let's tally the 2014-15 positions. A Director (1.0), a Route Supervisor (1.0), a "new" Assistant Route Supervisor (1.0), an old Assistant Route Supervisor (0.5), a "new" Driver Trainer (1.0), and an old Driver Trainer performing extra curricular trip duties (0.5). Again with the higher math - 1.0 + 1.0 + 1.0 + 0.5 + 1.0 + 0.5 = GUESS WHAT - 5, 1.5 MORE front office POSITIONS than in 2011-12, MRS. FRYMAN.
And at the bus garage we maintained the Vehicle Supervisor (1.0), replaced the promoted son with the Lewis County Prince crony with the sexual assault arrest as a mechanic (1.0), the Lewis County Prince crony's son as a mechanic (1.0), and maintained the existing other mechanic (1.0). Math - 1.0 + 1.0 + 1.0 + 1.0 = 4. That's 0.5 more than previous and Mr. Prince is asking to hire yet another mechanic to mitigate the $60,000 the district paid these 4 this year in overtime that was not necessary back in 2011-12.
Grand total of positions this year = 9, 2 more (with one more being requested) this year than before Prince arrived. And remember, the Route Supervisor was not "over-whelmed" back then.
But Mrs. Fryman had to really to deny the bigger revelation that came out Thursday evening. The district paid out $120,000 more in salaries this year than it did for the positions in 2011-12. So Mrs. Fryman - even if you can't do the math on the number of positions, how do you explain the extra 120 large, not to mention the $60,000 in garage overtime this year? And remember, these salary numbers presumably came from your Director of Finance. Are you claiming we spent an extra 120k on the same number of staff????