Superintendent reprimanded for personal use of bus, driver

Posted on August 6, 2013

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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Comments ( 4 )
  • Alexander Rogge

     | about 5 years ago

    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!

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