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BOCES removes official

Transportation supervisor replaced

December 13, 2012
By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - The Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services on Wednesday approved the termination of employment of its transportation supervisor.

Corey Barber was relieved of his position by the BOCES superintendent Nov. 15.

Barber was hired in August to supervise the operation of the regional transportation system.

BOCES gave no explanation for Barber's termination of employment.

"There is a possibility of legal action on that, so I cannot comment," BOCES Superintendent Patrick Michel said after the meeting.

Since Barber was relieved of his duties in November, his assistant, Terry Kersting, has moved into the position and will take over the responsibilities, Michel said.

"We kind of discovered through this we only need one administrator," Michel said, "so we will not be hiring another administrator."

Michel said he thinks the district instead will hire a dispatcher, who would receive about half the salary Barber was receiving.

Barber was paid $60,000 annually. Michel did not provide Kersting's salary.

"This hasn't been made official yet because I would have to talk to the component school districts," Michel said of hiring a dispatcher. "But we would save some money on it."

Barber is not represented by a union, so there will be no grievance process, according to Michel.

Barber had no comment this morning.

Before taking the position with BOCES, Barber served as the transportation director for the Greater Johnstown School District.

Last month, the Johnstown school district was notified by BOCES its bus drivers had to update their driver certification to complete the transition to a shared transportation service with Gloversville.

The Johnstown and Gloversville school districts are now sharing transportation services and a Gloversville bus garage. BOCES is coordinating the operation.

Michel previously said BOCES discovered poorly kept paperwork regarding refresher training and physical exams for the Johnstown bus drivers.

School bus drivers in New York state are licensed by the state Department of Motor Vehicles but operate under safety regulations defined by the New York State Department of Education.

The drivers will become part of HFM BOCES' shared transportation service July 1.

Michel would not say whether the certification issue has anything to do with Barber's termination.



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