While Tom Shelton was pulling down strong approval numbers for an "atmosphere of mutual trust and respect" from the faculty and staff in Daviess County, Fayette County scores languished 10 points below the state average on the TELL Survey released last May.
Surely Shelton would like to see the Fayette County numbers move in a more positive direction, yet another instance of disrespect toward drivers surfaced this week when transportation department management took on the issue of sloppy parking on the lot.
Now I suppose everybody gets a little irritated when a driver carelessly parks over the line at the mall, at school, at church....or anywhere. Sloppy parking wastes space for everyone. And if you've ever had the side of your car dinged by an inconsiderate driver, it can make your blood boil.
But suppose you were in charge of a facility - like the transportation facilities at Liberty Road - and some of your folks were being careless. Since everybody needs a parking pass to park on the lot, as a supervisor, you know who owns any offending cars. Surely, you'd want to say something to correct the situation. How would you handle it?
Here's how the Transportation department handles issues. These photos were posted on the bulletin board by the time clock in an apparent effort to embarrass and humiliate the offenders.
I'm sure Shelton would like the same level of affirmation from Fayette County employees that he enjoyed in Daviess County. But the general tone of disrespect toward transportation department employees continues to be a concern. Somebody's not getting the message. As we have seen before, folks know when they are being respected and helped to improve, and they know when they are being punished and humiliated, and they resent the latter.
*Last night I accidentally deleted the original post and reconstructed it (as best I could) above.