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Crestwood Admin Remain On Leave As Bus Probe Continues

December 7, 2018 GMT

WRIGHT TWP. — The Crestwood School district’s superintendent and chief of operations remain on paid leaves as the district continues a probe of how bus drivers were working without background clearances.

Some parts of the investigation could conclude this week, and the board is waiting to receive four or five proposals for a new student transportation contract, school board President Bill Jones said during Thursday’s board meeting. The board voted Nov. 20 to end the student bus contract with Rinehimer Bus Lines Inc. on Feb. 1.

The bus contract costs

$2.3 million a year, Jones said. District officials canceled school Oct. 24 and 25 — after state auditors found background clearances for some school bus drivers had expired — until all drivers had up-to-date clearances.

Superintendent Joseph Gorham and Christopher Gegaris, Crestwood’s chief of operations, have been on paid leaves since the board began an investigation of the how drivers lacked clearances. Both administrators have legal representation.

Attorneys Matthew Boyd and Mark Bufalino are conducting the bus driver investigation and are attorneys with the Elliot Greenleaf firm, which is district solicitor Jack Dean’s firm.

Prior to Thursday’s regular board meeting, the board had a reorganization meeting and appointed Jones as board president for another year. The board also chose Joe Kaminski to continue as board vice president.

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