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August 06, 2013  |   Comments (4)   |   Post a comment

Superintendent reprimanded for personal use of bus, driver


DURHAM, N.C. — Eric Becoats, superintendent of Durham Public Schools, has been reprimanded by the Durham Board of Education for using a school bus and driver for personal use, the Associated Press and WNCN report.

Becoats used a Durham Public Schools activity bus and driver on June 7 and June 8 to go to private events and a trip to a shopping mall with friends and family. The superintendent asked to be billed for the cost of the bus and driver.

Becoats said in a statement that he paid in full for the services and was informed of policies prohibiting personal use of the vehicles after he used the bus, and apologized, according to the news outlets. The school board determined that Becoats’ violations were unintentional.

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He may have the right idea, but don't quit with an apology. If he likes the school bus as much as some of us do, put Becoats on a school bus route every day, and make him more useful by giving him an assigned seat with some of the most unruly students in the district. Then drive him to his office, and if he wants to go to another building or to the shopping mall during the day, he has to wait for a shuttle bus and ride with the students. The drivers there wouldn't have to explain bus discipline problems to administrators ever again!

Alexander Rogge    |    Aug 15, 2013 10:37 PM

Why was this story even run? "The school board determined that Becoats’ violations were unintentional". This was the last line of the story, which in my opinion turns this story into a gossip piece instead of a news piece. If the jury of his peers found him motives INTENTIONAL, then there is a story, who's purpose would be to inform and maybe even warn others not to use company or district vehicles for private use. I just find this story rather ungracious.

Trevor    |    Aug 10, 2013 01:48 PM

"Was that wrong? Should I not have done that? I tell you, I gotta plead ignorance on this thing, because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing is frowned upon... you know, cause I've worked in a lot of offices, and I tell you, people do that all the time." - George Constanza

Scott    |    Aug 07, 2013 05:11 AM

I think I had a Superintendent of Transportation that beat this bad thinking. I came back from a late night field trip to find my motorcycle had been hit and knocked over by a vehicle. I suspected the Superintendent because I had parked next to his space and blue paint was on the motorcycle. He denied it. A few days later a mechanic came to me and said softly "I saw the Superintendent setting the bike back up". It was not until I had the paint matched that he acknowledged the incident. Sadder part, he also was a Fire Chief. Dee

Dee    |    Aug 06, 2013 03:05 PM

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