I-Team: Superintendent Stepping Down?


LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV)   Eyewitness News has learned the wheels are in motion to have the Superintendent of the District step down from his position.

     This all began when state officials raised questions about school bus driver qualifications.  The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick has the latest.

Eyewitness News has confirmed that in recent weeks talks have been underway between Crestwood Superintendent Joe Gorham and school district officials which would clear the way for his departure from the district.  Gorham, and Chief of District Operations, Chris Gegaris, have been on paid administrative leave since late October after a State Auditor General report found the school bus drivers did not have the proper background checks.

  “Because they didn’t do their job, students and the parents of that district are now in chaos because of their lack of due diligence,” Said DePasquale back in October.

 Teachers volunteered to accompany drivers who were not certified to monitor students.

  “We would never put students on buses with drivers that weren’t fully credentialed, licensed and approved by the state,” said Gorham back in October.

 Classes were canceled for two days until bus driver certifications were brought up to state standards. An internal investigation in district operations–supervised by the State Auditor General’s office, has been ongoing ever since parents have repeatedly expressed their anger and frustrations demanding answers as to how this could happen?

  “Where do you go?. No, I don’t think they are going to straighten this out. I don’t!” said Tracy Bozek.

Crestwood School District School Board President Bill Jones did confirm our information. He said he could not say much.–only that those negotiations between the district and Gorham are moving forward. We also reached out to superintendent Gorham for comment. He would only say that nothing has been legalized in those talk.

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