Council hearing on MCPS

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Anonymous wrote:Thursday at 3 PM. The Council's hearing staff is a former MCPS administrator. Why can't the Council find someone who didn't work for MCPS to run the hearing?


Committee hearings are run by the County Council member who is chair of the committee. Kate Stewart is chair of the audit committee. Will Jawando is chair of the education and culture committee.


And a former MCPS associate superintendent put together the packet for the hearing and runs the discussion.

ESSIE MCGUIRE


Yes, she's COUNCIL STAFF.


And was high-level MCPS staff before. We'll have to see if she utilizes that insider experience to shine light on the issues or to cover them up. My guess, with her being a political operator, would be a targeted amount of the former and lots of the latter. Nice for the council to have plenty of $ not only for their own salaries, but for a relative host of staff, who don't exactly make a pittance.

MCPS has those positions, too, but not the BOE, who rely pretty mich entirely on thoae reporting to the Superintendent and whose compensation accounts for less than 10 hours a week for a skill set that we might hope to be, at a minimum, on the level of a mid-level financial analyst or an assistant school principal. Maybe 3-4 hours a week if you want a principal-level equivalent.


Smith promoted her when Zuckerman left and she was in charge of ordering PPE and social distancing the classrooms during the pandemic. When Smith left and McKnight installed all her chief buddies, McGuire left and returned to the council, where she worked before MCPS.


Nice try Chris Cram. McGuire was promoted to be one of three associate superintendents to run all of MCPS. In that position she was over the HR department. She regularly sat in on Board of Education closed door meetings to discuss hiring and staffing decisions.

https://ww2.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/mcps-restructure-20200210.html


Janis, you might want to try reading the links you post. In that same message from Jack Smith, he states "the Office of Human Resources and Development will now report directly to the Deputy Superintendent’s Office." The deputy superintendent was McKnight. So no, in fact McGuire was not "over the HR department" as you keep claiming erroneously.


Anyone can read the job description for Essie McGuire and it says it includes oversight of HR.
Anyone can read BOE Closed Session minutes and see McGuire was in Closed Sessions with the BOE.
How stupid do you think Montgomery County citizens are?


You seem to have an odd fixation on Essie McGuire and want to deflect responsibility from McKnight, who was clearly in charge of HR during this time.


Try to keep up.
Essie McGuire is the Council's staff person that is briefing the Council for the hearing today.
If she is protecting McKnight, nothing will come out of today's hearing.


NP. The Essie McGuire conspiracy theory is pointless and frankly ridiculous, sorry Parents Coalition. She's not running the hearing. She prepared a memo that states the timeline and the facts. The memo looks accurate. She wasn't close with McKnight. She wasn't in a position of power. She's known to be a decent human being. More to the point, she is not being questioned by the county council.
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Anonymous wrote:Thursday at 3 PM. The Council's hearing staff is a former MCPS administrator. Why can't the Council find someone who didn't work for MCPS to run the hearing?


Committee hearings are run by the County Council member who is chair of the committee. Kate Stewart is chair of the audit committee. Will Jawando is chair of the education and culture committee.


And a former MCPS associate superintendent put together the packet for the hearing and runs the discussion.

ESSIE MCGUIRE


Yes, she's COUNCIL STAFF.


And was high-level MCPS staff before. We'll have to see if she utilizes that insider experience to shine light on the issues or to cover them up. My guess, with her being a political operator, would be a targeted amount of the former and lots of the latter. Nice for the council to have plenty of $ not only for their own salaries, but for a relative host of staff, who don't exactly make a pittance.

MCPS has those positions, too, but not the BOE, who rely pretty mich entirely on thoae reporting to the Superintendent and whose compensation accounts for less than 10 hours a week for a skill set that we might hope to be, at a minimum, on the level of a mid-level financial analyst or an assistant school principal. Maybe 3-4 hours a week if you want a principal-level equivalent.


Smith promoted her when Zuckerman left and she was in charge of ordering PPE and social distancing the classrooms during the pandemic. When Smith left and McKnight installed all her chief buddies, McGuire left and returned to the council, where she worked before MCPS.


Nice try Chris Cram. McGuire was promoted to be one of three associate superintendents to run all of MCPS. In that position she was over the HR department. She regularly sat in on Board of Education closed door meetings to discuss hiring and staffing decisions.

https://ww2.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/mcps-restructure-20200210.html


Janis, you might want to try reading the links you post. In that same message from Jack Smith, he states "the Office of Human Resources and Development will now report directly to the Deputy Superintendent’s Office." The deputy superintendent was McKnight. So no, in fact McGuire was not "over the HR department" as you keep claiming erroneously.


Anyone can read the job description for Essie McGuire and it says it includes oversight of HR.
Anyone can read BOE Closed Session minutes and see McGuire was in Closed Sessions with the BOE.
How stupid do you think Montgomery County citizens are?


You seem to have an odd fixation on Essie McGuire and want to deflect responsibility from McKnight, who was clearly in charge of HR during this time.


Try to keep up.
Essie McGuire is the Council's staff person that is briefing the Council for the hearing today.
If she is protecting McKnight, nothing will come out of today's hearing.


NP. The Essie McGuire conspiracy theory is pointless and frankly ridiculous, sorry Parents Coalition. She's not running the hearing. She prepared a memo that states the timeline and the facts. The memo looks accurate. She wasn't close with McKnight. She wasn't in a position of power. She's known to be a decent human being. More to the point, she is not being questioned by the county council.


Yes to all of this.
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Anonymous wrote:Wake up folks, MCPS, Council, BOE all 'in this together'! BOE acts like they are part of Central office. They work for YOU, taxpaying voters! Hold them ALL accountable.

Absolutely correct. At a minimum, don't vote for any incumbent on the BOE. Don't vote for any County Council member not holding the BOE accountable.
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Anonymous wrote:Thursday at 3 PM. The Council's hearing staff is a former MCPS administrator. Why can't the Council find someone who didn't work for MCPS to run the hearing?


Committee hearings are run by the County Council member who is chair of the committee. Kate Stewart is chair of the audit committee. Will Jawando is chair of the education and culture committee.


And a former MCPS associate superintendent put together the packet for the hearing and runs the discussion.

ESSIE MCGUIRE


Yes, she's COUNCIL STAFF.


And was high-level MCPS staff before. We'll have to see if she utilizes that insider experience to shine light on the issues or to cover them up. My guess, with her being a political operator, would be a targeted amount of the former and lots of the latter. Nice for the council to have plenty of $ not only for their own salaries, but for a relative host of staff, who don't exactly make a pittance.

MCPS has those positions, too, but not the BOE, who rely pretty mich entirely on thoae reporting to the Superintendent and whose compensation accounts for less than 10 hours a week for a skill set that we might hope to be, at a minimum, on the level of a mid-level financial analyst or an assistant school principal. Maybe 3-4 hours a week if you want a principal-level equivalent.


Smith promoted her when Zuckerman left and she was in charge of ordering PPE and social distancing the classrooms during the pandemic. When Smith left and McKnight installed all her chief buddies, McGuire left and returned to the council, where she worked before MCPS.


Nice try Chris Cram. McGuire was promoted to be one of three associate superintendents to run all of MCPS. In that position she was over the HR department. She regularly sat in on Board of Education closed door meetings to discuss hiring and staffing decisions.

https://ww2.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/mcps-restructure-20200210.html


Janis, you might want to try reading the links you post. In that same message from Jack Smith, he states "the Office of Human Resources and Development will now report directly to the Deputy Superintendent’s Office." The deputy superintendent was McKnight. So no, in fact McGuire was not "over the HR department" as you keep claiming erroneously.


Anyone can read the job description for Essie McGuire and it says it includes oversight of HR.
Anyone can read BOE Closed Session minutes and see McGuire was in Closed Sessions with the BOE.
How stupid do you think Montgomery County citizens are?


You seem to have an odd fixation on Essie McGuire and want to deflect responsibility from McKnight, who was clearly in charge of HR during this time.


Try to keep up.
Essie McGuire is the Council's staff person that is briefing the Council for the hearing today.
If she is protecting McKnight, nothing will come out of today's hearing.


I didn't say *she* was protecting McKnight. Why are *you* trying to claim McKnight wasn't over HR when the link you included says she was?
NP. The point is that Essie McGuire who was formerly a very high ranking person in the MCPS is the Council's staff person that is briefing the Council for the hearing today. So if there's anything she wants to hide for WHATEVER reason, she's in the perfect position to do that.


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Anonymous wrote:Thursday at 3 PM. The Council's hearing staff is a former MCPS administrator. Why can't the Council find someone who didn't work for MCPS to run the hearing?


Committee hearings are run by the County Council member who is chair of the committee. Kate Stewart is chair of the audit committee. Will Jawando is chair of the education and culture committee.


And a former MCPS associate superintendent put together the packet for the hearing and runs the discussion.

ESSIE MCGUIRE


Yes, she's COUNCIL STAFF.


And was high-level MCPS staff before. We'll have to see if she utilizes that insider experience to shine light on the issues or to cover them up. My guess, with her being a political operator, would be a targeted amount of the former and lots of the latter. Nice for the council to have plenty of $ not only for their own salaries, but for a relative host of staff, who don't exactly make a pittance.

MCPS has those positions, too, but not the BOE, who rely pretty mich entirely on thoae reporting to the Superintendent and whose compensation accounts for less than 10 hours a week for a skill set that we might hope to be, at a minimum, on the level of a mid-level financial analyst or an assistant school principal. Maybe 3-4 hours a week if you want a principal-level equivalent.


Smith promoted her when Zuckerman left and she was in charge of ordering PPE and social distancing the classrooms during the pandemic. When Smith left and McKnight installed all her chief buddies, McGuire left and returned to the council, where she worked before MCPS.


Nice try Chris Cram. McGuire was promoted to be one of three associate superintendents to run all of MCPS. In that position she was over the HR department. She regularly sat in on Board of Education closed door meetings to discuss hiring and staffing decisions.

https://ww2.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/mcps-restructure-20200210.html


Janis, you might want to try reading the links you post. In that same message from Jack Smith, he states "the Office of Human Resources and Development will now report directly to the Deputy Superintendent’s Office." The deputy superintendent was McKnight. So no, in fact McGuire was not "over the HR department" as you keep claiming erroneously.


Anyone can read the job description for Essie McGuire and it says it includes oversight of HR.
Anyone can read BOE Closed Session minutes and see McGuire was in Closed Sessions with the BOE.
How stupid do you think Montgomery County citizens are?


You seem to have an odd fixation on Essie McGuire and want to deflect responsibility from McKnight, who was clearly in charge of HR during this time.


Try to keep up.
Essie McGuire is the Council's staff person that is briefing the Council for the hearing today.
If she is protecting McKnight, nothing will come out of today's hearing.


I didn't say *she* was protecting McKnight. Why are *you* trying to claim McKnight wasn't over HR when the link you included says she was?
NP. The point is that Essie McGuire who was formerly a very high ranking person in the MCPS is the Council's staff person that is briefing the Council for the hearing today. So if there's anything she wants to hide for WHATEVER reason, she's in the perfect position to do that.


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This is hysterical. She can't stop the committee members from asking questions or seeing the reports that have been published. She has no power over who gets an unredacted copy of the Jackson Lewis report.

She was a high level MCPS person for a couple of years. Then she went back to her previous job. If your take is every person who has ever been at MCPS CO is tainted then I don't know how to help you.
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Jawando and Stewart running the hearing is a recipe for tough-talking nothing burgers from Stewart and more of Jawando's due-process, equity word salad.
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Anonymous wrote:Jawando and Stewart running the hearing is a recipe for tough-talking nothing burgers from Stewart and more of Jawando's due-process, equity word salad.


Are his kids still in private?
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Anonymous wrote:Jawando and Stewart running the hearing is a recipe for tough-talking nothing burgers from Stewart and more of Jawando's due-process, equity word salad.


Are his kids still in private?


He has kids in MCPS. Lay off his kids.
Anonymous
The BOE released a less-redacted Jackson Lewis report:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/siteassets/district/boe/boe-news/2024.02.08-jackson-lewis-report-redacted_redacted.pdf

At least this has employees identified by number, so it is simple enough to identify several key people.
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Anonymous wrote:Jawando and Stewart running the hearing is a recipe for tough-talking nothing burgers from Stewart and more of Jawando's due-process, equity word salad.


If any are or have tried running for another position such as Jwando was running for House(?), you know they are not into this gig 100% anymore. These politicians do not even know all of this story, they have their assistants put together something for them to talk from. Sad.
Anonymous
Every Council member was aware of all the things going on. Now they are putting on a hearing to make it appear like they had no idea.
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Anonymous wrote:Every Council member was aware of all the things going on. Now they are putting on a hearing to make it appear like they had no idea.


Oh so they (Council) read the unredacted IG report?
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Anonymous wrote:Thursday at 3 PM. The Council's hearing staff is a former MCPS administrator. Why can't the Council find someone who didn't work for MCPS to run the hearing?


Committee hearings are run by the County Council member who is chair of the committee. Kate Stewart is chair of the audit committee. Will Jawando is chair of the education and culture committee.


And a former MCPS associate superintendent put together the packet for the hearing and runs the discussion.

ESSIE MCGUIRE


Yes, she's COUNCIL STAFF.


And was high-level MCPS staff before. We'll have to see if she utilizes that insider experience to shine light on the issues or to cover them up. My guess, with her being a political operator, would be a targeted amount of the former and lots of the latter. Nice for the council to have plenty of $ not only for their own salaries, but for a relative host of staff, who don't exactly make a pittance.

MCPS has those positions, too, but not the BOE, who rely pretty mich entirely on thoae reporting to the Superintendent and whose compensation accounts for less than 10 hours a week for a skill set that we might hope to be, at a minimum, on the level of a mid-level financial analyst or an assistant school principal. Maybe 3-4 hours a week if you want a principal-level equivalent.


Smith promoted her when Zuckerman left and she was in charge of ordering PPE and social distancing the classrooms during the pandemic. When Smith left and McKnight installed all her chief buddies, McGuire left and returned to the council, where she worked before MCPS.


Nice try Chris Cram. McGuire was promoted to be one of three associate superintendents to run all of MCPS. In that position she was over the HR department. She regularly sat in on Board of Education closed door meetings to discuss hiring and staffing decisions.

https://ww2.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2019-2020/mcps-restructure-20200210.html


Janis, you might want to try reading the links you post. In that same message from Jack Smith, he states "the Office of Human Resources and Development will now report directly to the Deputy Superintendent’s Office." The deputy superintendent was McKnight. So no, in fact McGuire was not "over the HR department" as you keep claiming erroneously.


Anyone can read the job description for Essie McGuire and it says it includes oversight of HR.
Anyone can read BOE Closed Session minutes and see McGuire was in Closed Sessions with the BOE.
How stupid do you think Montgomery County citizens are?


You seem to have an odd fixation on Essie McGuire and want to deflect responsibility from McKnight, who was clearly in charge of HR during this time.


Try to keep up.
Essie McGuire is the Council's staff person that is briefing the Council for the hearing today.
If she is protecting McKnight, nothing will come out of today's hearing.


NP. The Essie McGuire conspiracy theory is pointless and frankly ridiculous, sorry Parents Coalition. She's not running the hearing. She prepared a memo that states the timeline and the facts. The memo looks accurate. She wasn't close with McKnight. She wasn't in a position of power. She's known to be a decent human being. More to the point, she is not being questioned by the county council.
"Today [February 10, 2020], the Board appointed Ms. Essie McGuire, who currently serves as an executive director in the Office of the Chief Operating Officer, to serve as the associate superintendent of operations."
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Anonymous wrote:Thursday at 3 PM. The Council's hearing staff is a former MCPS administrator. Why can't the Council find someone who didn't work for MCPS to run the hearing?


Listening now but I’m sure there will be a lot of words and 0 substance.
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Anonymous wrote:Thursday at 3 PM. The Council's hearing staff is a former MCPS administrator. Why can't the Council find someone who didn't work for MCPS to run the hearing?


Listening now but I’m sure there will be a lot of words and 0 substance.


As usual. Vote them out!
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