Montgomery Co. Schools A Best Place To Work?

Hold on to your wigs, ladies and ladydudes, because you’re about to be blown away by absolute craziness.

Get a load of this:


That’s right – the small town paper in Mt. Sterling hyping up Montgomery County Schools as a best place to work in Kentucky. The same sort of thing WDRB’s Bill Lamb hypes up in Louisville.

The paper says this:

The Montgomery County School System was the only school district in the state named as a 2014 Best Places to Work in Kentucky competition award winner and one of only 29 listed in the large company category (500 or more employees).


Selection was based upon a comprehensive Employer Benefit and Policies Questionnaire, as well as the Employee Engagement and Satisfaction Survey, a release said.

The Best Places to Work program administered the on-line, voluntary employee engagement survey to 350 school employees, which they selected at random.


“The Montgomery County School District has really focused on improving student achievement over the past two and a half years. The superintendent and district administrators realize that to create sustainability we must have a balance of respect and professionalism among staff that accompanies elevated performance expectations.


Superintendent of Schools Joshua Powell echoed Gulley’s sentiments.

“The most significant variable in change a district is to change the culture of civility in the district. The cost of failing to do so is measured in turnover, absenteeism … an in learning. Changing the culture is about setting high expectations across the district.

Yep. The paper really published all that.

But here’s the deal: Montgomery County was the only school district in the state to win because it was likely the only district to spend the thousands of dollars it requires to be considered:


That means Joshua Powell spent between $1,495 an $1,995 to have 350 (of the 700+) district employees “randomly” surveyed. What the story doesn’t tell you is that the district gets to select the employees to exclude when providing the list to the organization. And it doesn’t hurt that we hear positive reviews were quietly rewarded.

And changing the culture of civility? Really?

Sure, it’s a great place to work. Where else could you fool around with an employee directly under your supervision, double their salary to shut them up and not get fired? Where else could you beat your wife, have EPOs filed against you and not get fired? Where else could you illegally hire your wife with taxpayer dollars, get obliterated by the State Auditor of Public Accounts and not get fired? Where else could you actively defame employees on a scummy public internet forum, print that defamation, place it in a secret personnel file and use it to fire those employees?

Really great place to work.

We almost wet ourselves laughing.