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The City

November 28, 2012

Busing problems keep district's attention

Tonawanda News — Discussion of the district’s busing issues continued at the City of Tonawanda school board meeting Tuesday night.

Last month, the board approved a motion to add a bus monitor to a Riverview Elementary bus after rampant misbehavior issues came to the board’s attention. The monitor is a teaching assistant who receives an hourly wage for the extra work.

“When I was looking into adding that monitor, I found out that the monitors are not state certified,” Director of Business and Finance Stephen Perry said. “Doing so would push the teaching assistant’s work into overtime.”

The total cost for the training, which includes two five-hour sessions, is over $1,000 for the four monitors at Riverview and Mullen.

“Someone should have known they weren’t trained,” board member Lynn Casal said. “They shouldn’t be on the bus now if they aren’t certified.”

The district’s lawyer, Chris Trapp, said there is a liability issue whether the monitors are removed or not.

“If the priority is the kids’ safety, keep the monitors on and get them certified as soon as possible,” Trapp said.

Discussion of removing the monitors was dropped and Casal made a motion to appropriate funds for the training and complete it as soon as possible. The motion was adopted unanimously.

The City of Tonawanda School Board tabled a motion for the second time Tuesday night to hire a realtor for the sale of Central School, located at 80 Clinton St.

“We need more information,” Board President Jackie Smilinich said.

The board heard presentations from MJ Peterson and Hunt realty firms on Nov. 13.

Former Superintendent Whitney Vantine also invited Ed Woods, of Realty USA, to a meeting in October. 

Realty USA represented the district in the sale of Highland School last year. The school was originally listed for $440,000, but sold at $192,000 to S. Spoth, LLC in an auction.

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