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Alfred-Almond responds after bus driver fired over Facebook post

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By JOHN ANDERSON

Former Alfred-Almond Central School bus driver Aaron Kautz said he was fired on Wednesday after a Facebook post.

There were seven of nine drivers, including Kautz, who called in sick on Tuesday forcing the school to cancel in-person teaching that morning. Drivers said they want $5 an hour more as they are paid $15.47 currently.

In a statement today, Alfred-Almond Superintendent of Schools Tracie Bliven said, “The Alfred-Almond Central School District is currently investigating personnel issues within our transportation department. At this time, we cannot comment on this matter, as the investigation is ongoing.”

As for the parents who had to make last-second plans for their kids when school was canceled for in-person learning, Bliven said the district appreciated the sacrifices for the unexpected transition.

“We appreciate the patience and cooperation of our district families as we had to unexpectedly transition to virtual learning yesterday,” Bliven said. “We believe that in-person learning provides the greatest educational and social-emotional benefit to our students and will continue to work toward solutions that enable students to attend school in person every day.”

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