A group of Valley Lines bus drivers aired grievances about safety and student discipline Monday night before the Butler School Board.
Vicky Fleske, a bus driver for 25 years, said that in recent years the district has not been disciplining students and supporting the drivers properly.
“We’re trying to discipline our kids on the bus and trying to get them to and from school safe, but the drivers are giving up on writing up (misbehaving students) because we’re writing and writing and writing and we’re not getting anything back from the district. There’s no discipline being done,”
Several of the drivers referenced a recent incident in which the district told Valley Lines to remove a driver from his route after he broke from established procedure in disciplining middle school students by doing a “brake check” last week in downtown Butler.
Administrators reviewed surveillance video from the bus and determined that the driver had not followed established protocols — which would have included pulling over the bus and having a principal or administrator come in person to the bus.
Several drivers said Monday that a zero tolerance or “one-strike” policy for drivers makes them fearful that they could lose their jobs at any time.
I am just sitting here wondering..one what is the cover up? The bus company will not release the video of the incident. Two if you are driving a bus do you not realize kids can be pricks? You know, the bus driver yourself was a little prick at one point in life. And I am sure we all have annoyed a bus driver.
if one dislikes your job this much, why not just go and get a new job? It is not like the bus company pays a decent wage. I am all but sure you could go to Walmart and work and make around the same wages. If you do not like your job do not blame the kids, go and find a new job!