FCPS looking for a new HR Director

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Sept. 9 – Frederick County Public Schools is looking for a new director of human resources, district spokesman Eric Louérs-Phillips said Thursday.

Chantress Baptist left her position as the system’s human resources director in August, Louérs-Phillips said. The district first announced her appointment in December, meaning she served for approximately nine months.

Louérs-Phillips said Baptist no longer works for FCPS. He declined to say where she currently works.

“She enjoyed her time here,” Louérs-Phillips said in an interview Thursday. “She left on good terms.

The district has scheduled interviews with potential replacements, Louérs-Phillips said. He added that administrators hope to fill the position by the end of October.

A job posting for the position listed a salary range of $142,453 to $216,647 per year.

Louérs-Phillips said he did not know what Baptist’s salary was when she left the role.

Prior to joining FCPS, Baptist was Director of Human Resources for Carroll County Public Schools. She was promoted to this position in 2017.

Baptist’s departure means the district will soon have a new director of human resources for the third time in about three and a half years.

Timothy Thornburg was hired for the position in February 2019. He is now listed on the FCPS website as a senior manager in the human resources department.

FCPS’s job posting for Director of Human Resources states that the person holding the position “has primary responsibility for providing leadership and the overall administration and evaluation of the Human Resources department to ensure optimal service and practices in the areas of recruitment, retention, labor relations, benefits, employee discipline and legal compliance.”

Louérs-Phillips declined to say who ran the human resources department as the district sought Baptist’s replacement.

A staffing report uploaded Thursday to BoardDocs, the Frederick County School Board’s site for sharing documents with the community, listed Paula Lawton as the “acting director of human resources.”

Lawton ran the system’s human resources department before Thornburg. She retired in 2018 after more than 15 years in the role, according to previous News-Post reports.

A voicemail message left Thursday at a number listed for Baptist in an online directory was not returned.

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