The reason I'm running (a greatly reduced version of) the information they provided is that some of it has been verified through other sources. The precise data mentioned however has not been confirmed.
An individual with the colorful handle, "Pissed Mary" (firstname.lastname@example.org) claims that a number of white female members of the FCPS Transportation Division are upset because of an 11th hour appointment that Stu Silberman made just prior to his departure.
When Stu decided to retire, a couple of weeks before he left, everyone was shocked when he used his power to “appoint” Marcus Dobbs to a position of Assistant Director simply because he was a minority and he had to supposedly meet minority quotas. John Kiser even seemed surprised at this move. He is sooo unqualified, he had not earned this position, and was given a big boost in pay, just like all the other positions that he held in transportation before. He is nothing more than a routing supervisor with big bucks!!! How do you justify that to us~ Board Members, Mary Browning, and Stu?
Apparently the shell of this allegation is true. Marcus Dobbs was a member of the committee that brought Silberman to Fayette County and served as some kind of courier/helper for Stu during his convalescence following a bad spill from his bicycle a few years back. Dobb's appointment to a position that didn't exist may have surprised Director John Kiser, but it shocked the heck out of the district's only female Router, Kim Webb, who upon learning that she had no opportunity to compete for the newly created position, got up from her desk and made a beeline to Mary Browning's office to complain. Obviously, nothing came of her complaint. Stu was Mary's boss. But we hear that every chance she gets to make Dobbs look bad, she takes.
Dobbs serves as Assistant Director, but he does not supervise the Routers - making him more of an Assistant to the Director, rather than an Assistant Director. Yet, in his position Dobbs draws a big salary.
If Silberman ever operated under a racial quota, I am not aware of it. Still, he may have felt pressure to show some effort toward the advancement of African Americans late in his tenure. KSN&C, for one, was questioning why employment levels among African American teachers and Administrators lagged during his administration.
Was the appointment of Dobbs a sweetheart deal?
Let’s be more specific. Every year the Lexington Herald Leader publishes the yearly salaries for the FCPS employees. Check it out at: WWW.Kentucky.com – then News-then salary/databases and then type in the small search engine at the top of the page (Fayette county public school salaries), then type in the employee name and scroll down and you will find the same information I am telling you. Everything I am about to unload are pure facts, so hold on to your seat.How many white women routing supervisors ever made $64,954.00 per year?Answer: NONE~ they weren’t friends of Stu Silbermans!You can even go to the: FCPS board meeting minutes at www.fcps.net for the past five years to find out how Marcus Dobbs salary has increased at the tax payers’ expense. Check in the April or May budget minutes. Well, wait, I’ll just tell you and save you the time.· 2006/2007 White woman routing supervisor made $29,127.60· 2007/2008 Marcus Dobbs $59,033.· 2008/2009 Marcus Dobbs $61,933· 2009/2010 Marcus Dobbs $64,954· 2010/2011 Marcus Dobbs $77,847
- 2011/2012 Marcus Dobbs $85,613
KSN&C sources say that is it Dobb's job to do Kiser's dirty work, so that he can keep his hands clean.
Mary goes on to suggest that:
Apparently the Board is considering issues related to salary next week and folks in Transportation are paying attention.
- Dobbs only supervises 3 people in routing.
- His job of providing customer service is a joke.
- We have a white woman manager of Liberty Road bus garage with 15 years experience, makes 52k, and supervises 250 employees
- We have a white man at the Miles Point bus garage, and has 3 years experience, supervises 150 employees and makes 48k a year.
- Many, many employees are watching to see what happens with John Kiser.
- Marcus has stated that his appointment as Director of Transportation is “in the bag.”
- Marcus does a good job as a routing supervisor, but …. Does he deserve almost (100K) for being a minority and Stu’s friend? Hell No!