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In a memo sent to all Kettering City Schools transportation employees dated Nov. 30, Lackey said Rector and Wilson were disciplined for not properly conducting pre-trip inspections. Rector was also disciplined for being on Wilson’s bus while students were boarding, rather than supervising students getting on his bus, according to Lackey’s memo.
“Personal interaction ... that should not take place in front of the students” also occurred between Wilson and Rector, Lackey’s memo said. But the memo said Lackey regrets the use of the word “fondling” in the pre-disciplinary documents.
The pre-disciplinary hearing notice stated the district received a complaint from a student on Oct. 30 that the bus drivers had been engaging in inappropriate conduct on Wilson’s bus for about two weeks.
The notice also stated school officials reviewed bus videos from three different afternoons that revealed evidence the drivers “engaged in physical touching, hugging, kissing and fondling activities on (Wilson’s) bus with students boarding and sitting in close proximity to you.”
On Monday, Rector and Wilson returned to work following the suspensions, according to the memo.
“Both are good employees and I believe them to be good people. We all make mistakes,” Lackey said.