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Posted - 12/09/2006 :  05:48:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Saturday, December 9, 2006 - Athens Banner-Herald, GA (subscription) - WATKINSVILLE - An Oconee County bus driver is claiming she was fired after launching complaints about school bus discipline policies.

But school system officials say her complaints have nothing to do with her termination.

Susan Casey-Voytig came before the Oconee County Board of Education in November to tell members that her supervisors at the system's transportation department discouraged her from writing-up bus riders who repeatedly misbehaved. During a closed session after her speech, the board voted to fire her, she said.

Casey-Voytig thinks it's because she complained that her bus riders were out of control and that her supervisors and school principals wouldn't back her up on discipline issues.

Oconee Schools Superintendent Thomas Dohrmann said he couldn't comment on personnel matters, but Casey-Voytig's termination had nothing to do with her complaints at that meeting.

This school year was Casey-Voytig's third with the Oconee County School System and her eighth school year driving a bus.

Oconee County Assistant Superintendent John Jackson said Casey-Voytig's complaints of out-of-control bus riders are unfounded.

"In most cases the bus drivers are able correct student behavior on the buses," Jackson said. "We don't have an ongoing problem with behavior on buses. And I think if we had heard from other drivers, besides this one, we could have a problem. But we haven't had any other complaints."

However Casey-Voytig said she will renew her complaints about the behavior on Oconee County school buses at Monday's Board of Education meeting, although this time she will be speaking as a concerned parent rather than a bus driver.

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Posted - 12/09/2006 :  07:25:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by news

Saturday, December 9, 2006 - Athens Banner-Herald, GA (subscription) - WATKINSVILLE - An Oconee County bus driver is claiming she was fired after launching complaints about school bus discipline policies.

But school system officials say her complaints have nothing to do with her termination.

Susan Casey-Voytig came before the Oconee County Board of Education in November to tell members that her supervisors at the system's transportation department discouraged her from writing-up bus riders who repeatedly misbehaved. During a closed session after her speech, the board voted to fire her, she said.

Casey-Voytig thinks it's because she complained that her bus riders were out of control and that her supervisors and school principals wouldn't back her up on discipline issues.

Oconee Schools Superintendent Thomas Dohrmann said he couldn't comment on personnel matters, but Casey-Voytig's termination had nothing to do with her complaints at that meeting.

This school year was Casey-Voytig's third with the Oconee County School System and her eighth school year driving a bus.

Oconee County Assistant Superintendent John Jackson said Casey-Voytig's complaints of out-of-control bus riders are unfounded.

"In most cases the bus drivers are able correct student behavior on the buses," Jackson said. "We don't have an ongoing problem with behavior on buses. And I think if we had heard from other drivers, besides this one, we could have a problem. But we haven't had any other complaints."

However Casey-Voytig said she will renew her complaints about the behavior on Oconee County school buses at Monday's Board of Education meeting, although this time she will be speaking as a concerned parent rather than a bus driver.

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1) 8 years as a school bus driver (3) for the Oconee County District
2) She complains about not getting support from admins. with problems on her bus
3) The board decides to fire her now?

So why did they fire her? Is she a bad worker? Bad work performance after 8 years? Please.

Corruption, in my opinion. Let the school board members get their CDL's and drive a bus.
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Posted - 12/09/2006 :  08:20:56 AM  Show Profile  Visit JK's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Very sad and so typical.

Again, this warning:

Sometimes making the employer aware does nothing but make them angry for hindering their "ignorance" plea. And when an employee becomes a target, "there is about a 70-percent chance of eventually being terminated.

** 37% of the Targets were fired or involuntarily terminated
** 33% of Targets quit (typically taking some form of constructive discharge)
** 17% of Targets transfer to another position with the same employer."

And this of note: "Bullying is done with impunity. Perpetrators face a low risk of being held accountable. Targeted individuals pay by losing their once-cherished positions." --The WBI 2003 Report on Abusive Workplaces

DO NOT GO INTO BATTLE ALONE!!! Always back yourself up with a strong union position, industry experts or a personal injury attorney.

These resources can help intervene in hostile workplace environments, especially when the bus driver has maintained a history of documentation that demonstrates the bus driver's actions taken and the lack of support from the school or management to help that bus driver keep kids safe.

The person in this threadís story, now speaking as a parent, is about as tenacious as an ex-employee can become.

Would consider how effective she might be were she to run for the school board and then speak as a school board member?

Having been on the inside would think she would represent a major threat to that administration's current management style. (jk)

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Edited by - JK on 12/09/2006 08:44:55 AM
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Posted - 12/09/2006 :  09:24:40 AM  Show Profile  Click to see william's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
My first question after reading this thread would have to be, how do such unintelligent and illogical people reach these high positions? I wonder how this bozo could determine that her complaints are unfounded. Because no one else has complained? Give me a break.

It's situations like this that illustrates the need for cameras on each bus, as James has advocated all along.

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JK
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Posted - 12/09/2006 :  10:52:42 AM  Show Profile  Visit JK's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by william

... I wonder how this bozo could determine that her complaints are unfounded. Because no one else has complained? Give me a break.


Good to see you noticed that statement as well.

It is one of the typical buzz phrases an arbitrator looks for when hearing a case. Immature kids and adults use that phrase in an attempt to cloak or direct away from the issue. It is a typical phrase used by bullies of all ages to justify their actions. To have such a statement made in the press is incredible, so obvious what's going on and so damaging to that administrationís position.

The driver's in a position to slap that termination halfway across the planet. But that can all be lost in a moment without competent guidance from a union or other experts helping that driver avoid the pitfalls involved when whistleblowing.

Hope it works out. The laws can be very weak at restoring employees that blow the whistle on their employer. We hear about the winners, but seldom about the mountain of casualties that blew the whistle and their careers destroyed in return for that noble effort. (jk)

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There is no school bus driver shortage!
Properly train, effective support and pay that retains.

Edited by - JK on 12/09/2006 10:55:49 AM
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