Bus driver gets last chance, agreement says

Published Dec 1, 2017 at 12:00pm

A Rome school district school bus driver is being given a last chance to continue employment by not engaging in misconduct over the next 12 months, as part of a discipline agreement involving matters whose facts were in dispute.

The agreement said that should the employee, Bradley A. Roser, engage in misconduct during that period involving vehicle and traffic law, his driving and/or district policies, the district shall have the right to terminate his employment if he is found guilty under due process requirements.

The district was concerned that during the fall of the current 2017-18 school year, the agreement said, Roser “allegedly failed to wear his seat belt while driving student passengers on his school bus, and had a physical confrontation with his supervisor, though the precise facts of those incidents were in dispute.” It also said he had previously been counseled and suspended by the district.

The Board of Education at its Nov. 2 meeting approved an “agreement between the district and the Local 200 United Service Employees International Union-AFL-CIO regarding employee discipline, dated November 2, 2017,” without further detail or public discussion. The Daily Sentinel obtained a copy of the agreement after filing a Freedom of Information Law request with the school district.

The agreement said the union is Roser’s “exclusive bargaining agent.” It also said the district agrees to refrain from preferring formal disciplinary charges against Roser for the actions described in the agreement. The agreement was signed by Roser, union representative Robert Loftus, district Superintendent Peter C. Blake and school board President Paul Fitzpatrick.