DeKalb County Schools fires seven striking bus driversDeKalb Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green. Photo by AL SUCH with WABE.
DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Stephen Green said Thursday evening that the school district had fired seven bus drivers who participated in a “sick out” strike.
“The district delivered letters to the seven employees this afternoon terminating their employment with DCSD,” the press release from the county says. “While the district does not discuss specific personnel matters, the employees were among a group found to actively support or encourage bus drivers not to report to work.”
Green said the bus drivers were putting students’ safety at risk.
“We have been clear from the beginning. We will keep an open dialogue with employees provided they work collaboratively and keep our children safe by reporting to work. Unfortunately, some employees chose another route, and that carries serious consequences,” Green said. “The DeKalb County School District does not compromise when it comes to student safety.”
Green said the school district is “working with other local school systems” and companies to provide temporary drivers. DeKalb County Schools officials asked City Schools of Decatur for help. CSD spokesperson Courtney Burnett said Decatur Schools did not provide assistance.
“They requested, but we didn’t have the resources to send,” Burnett said.