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East Hampton School District Suspends 5 Employees

District superintendent assures parents suspensions have nothing to do with students safety, but workplace matters.

Five transportation employees with the East Hampton School District have been suspended within the past two weeks.

District Superintendent Rich Burns told parents and staff in a letter on Friday that the reason for the suspensions was not related to student safety.

"I want to assure that this action has no bearing on the past or current operational safety of our buses; nor is it related to any interactions between our students and our transportation staff," Burns said.

Two of the employees — bus drivers — were suspended on Feb. 1, and another three were suspended on Friday, he said.

The school board approved the suspension of the first two at a meeting on Feb. 5. 

"The issues relate to personnel/workplace matters," he said. "I am not at liberty to comment further relating to the specifics of these "employee issues," but rest assured that the district's actions have no connection to our students or instructional staff.

Burns said the investigation is continuing and that he would keep parents and staff apprised of any developments that the district is "legally able to share."

Parents, are you disturbed by news of the suspensions of five employees? Share your thoughts in the

Pamela Viscuso-Taber February 15, 2013 at 11:06 PM
So this gets posted but with no other details but 5 people are suspended! I am really not too comfortable with this story as a parent!
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) February 15, 2013 at 11:13 PM
I'm sorry there are not more details available at the moment. I will continue to try to get more.
Ramona Cruceta-santiago February 16, 2013 at 12:38 AM
I AM SORRY FOR THE 5 DRIVERS. I HOPE THAT THE REASON THAT RICH BURNS SAID IS THE TRUTH.I AM A SCHOOL BUS DRIVER TOO, FOR ANOTHER COMPANY, AND I WAS PLANNING TO APPLY FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEARS BUT,WITH THE REASONS GIVEN BY RICH BURNS ,"PERSONNEL/WORKPLACE MATTERS",I'M NOT SO SURE.
Teresa L February 16, 2013 at 12:55 AM
I have taken pictures of one of the busses going way too fast on a nearby Road in the wrong lane around the bend where there are children living... that don't take the bus and are out with dad riding their bikes. I stood there twice and took the guy's picture to let him know that if he doesn't slow down he will be turned in.
Kendra D. February 16, 2013 at 01:00 AM
But this was supposedly Not about safety issues. More details would be nice. We love our Bus driver. She's all about safety. We look forward to seeing her everyday and I feel assured that my daughter will be safe in her care. If this isn't about safety issues then why can't it be delt with in the workplace?
Blanca Femina February 16, 2013 at 01:19 AM
why so many caps lock? are we internet shouting?
ViralGrain February 16, 2013 at 01:47 AM
They are not at liberty to speak upon it? I think they forget who pays them.
mjt February 16, 2013 at 03:01 AM
The employees in question may not want it discussed here or in any press. Personnel issues are confidential for a reason - respect for the personnel until the issues are resolved.
Preliator February 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Do you think the school would tell if your kids were in danger? These are the same people that cover up the rampant drug use and gangs that now infest the high school.
Gabrielle Brady February 16, 2013 at 04:52 PM
What are you waiting for? You saw a bus driver "going way too fast" and "in the wrong lane" and you have not reported it yet? You will be as guilty as he is if something happens and you did not report it. Please for the sake of the children take the pictures to the school board right away and report it to the police. If he is driving children around in a reckless manner he does not deserve time to slow down because he is afraid of your camera. Since the article reports that the suspensions were not safety related then the driver you saw is probably still driving a bus. Hurry please, there are children we all love on those buses.
Mojo February 16, 2013 at 05:51 PM
You should probably not put your full name and then state that you were going to be applying for a job with a different company---if one of my employees did this I would not be impressed---to say the least!
A February 17, 2013 at 12:24 PM
omg people I have been a bus driver for thirty years. I truly love my job I do not work in this district. Everybody is innocent until proven guilty, let's give the district time to do their homework . As of yet I have not heard of ant police involvement . I'm sure if your children were in danger at anytime the entire district would have been notified . I will pray that all turns out ok. Have faith in the people you put in trust of your children.
matt stutterheim February 17, 2013 at 01:55 PM
I noticed that Patch has a a story of the "Harlem Shake". Are these two linked in some way?
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) February 17, 2013 at 02:00 PM
That "Harlem Shake" video was done by the Ross School students. Not sure what it would have to do with bus drivers from EH School District.
joe hammer February 18, 2013 at 02:10 PM
TOOO MUCH TOOO BOOT!!!
12th Generation Bonacker February 19, 2013 at 08:27 PM
The real story here is that the transportation department can suspend 5 employees and still continue to get our children to school safely and on time. This speaks volumes of the folks that are still there and at the same time wreaks of an apparent mis-management of our tax dollars. Salary and benefit costs for those suspended likely adds up to close to 500,000.00 annually.If you can get the job done with 27 why employ 32?
mjt February 20, 2013 at 01:55 AM
12th generation- thanks for the chuckle. I am sure the bus drivers who see this will be happy to know they are getting a raise to $75,000/80,000 plus benefits!! Anyone I know who drove a bus made quite a bit less than $20/hour and it is generally a part time job making them ineligible for benefits. It is possible EH has a way for them to contribute and it is possible that they are full time. I do not know about their contract specifically. But at those low wages contributing to benefits would seriously deplete that check. Sometimes a little research is a good thing before spouting off. (I am from a 11th gen family.)
Dana Kalbacher February 26, 2013 at 12:19 AM
I would just like to say that some wonderful bus drivers at John Marshall Elementary School. We share lunch and recess duty and our JMMES drivers go the extra mile for the kids. Pun intended..:)
Dana Kalbacher February 26, 2013 at 01:16 AM
typo..I work with some wonderful bus drivers at JMMES..;)
barack obama March 11, 2013 at 01:55 PM
I'm trying to create jobs not to have people suspended from jobs
jerry March 27, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Hope they are O.K.,
George OJ April 01, 2013 at 03:15 PM
no

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