Breaking News–the very last thing coming out of the School Board’s Marathon three-and-a-half-hour meeting on June 10, 2019 was a “cloud-burst of stupidity.” After earlier in the meeting announcing the Retirement of John Yarbro as the Superintendent of CCS Maintenance, the School Board comes out of a closed-door meeting and CCS Superintendent Stephen Fisher announces that the School Board had voted in closed session to promote Jennifer Wampler to the elevated position of “Executive” Maintenance Superintendent. Since closed session votes require an additional vote in open-session, Board Chairman Shearra Miller calls for that second vote to promote Wampler. The vote, without any discussion, was 8-1 to approve. School Board member Danny Blanton cast the only sane voted. NO! in an emphatic disapproval.
The short version of this story (a longer and more explained evaluation is forthcoming) is that HR Director Jennifer Wampler is 100% un-qualified for this newly created “Executive” Maintenance Superintendent position as she was 99% un-qualified for her previous HR Director’s Position.
Basically, all of Jennifer Wampler’s education, training and experience has been in the classroom as a teacher and principal at Bethware Elementary School. No education and, training and experience in Human Resources. And her on the job experience as the HR Director is worthless as a qualification for the new Executive Maintenance Superintendents position. And, to my understanding, CCS did not even attempt to find a qualified, candidate with education, training and experience in maintenance of school buses, 29 plus major facilities, construction, dealing with architects and mechanical vendors that are required for this position. It was a fix, start to finish.
Also, Wampler’s new salary and benefits in this new position will likely well exceed $100,000 per year. With ZERO qualified value added from Wampler. Taxpayers will have to pay this salary for Wampler and pay almost as much to hire or contract someone to tell Wampler what to do. About everything.
The only qualification Jennifer Wampler has for this position is she is the darling daughter of the Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Kings Mountain. But, apparently, that was enough for Superintendent Stephen Fisher and all the school board members except for Danny Blanton.
Hopefully the results of next year’s school board elections will add five new school board members with sense enough to make logical evaluations like Danny Blanton and make grown-up decisions.
Stay tuned folks, more will follow.