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Canfield school board accepts resignations of bus drivers involved in accident

Published: Thu, February 18, 2010 @ 12:06 a.m.

By Elise Franco

CANFIELD — The two Canfield school-bus drivers involved in a bus accident in January have resigned.

The board of education approved the resignations for David A. Bell, 60, and Stephanie A. Ensley, 51, during its regular meeting Wednesday night.

Ensley’s resignation was effective Jan. 25, and Bell’s will go into effect Feb. 28. Both drivers were on paid administrative leave immediately after the accident, which occurred Jan. 11 on Montgomery Drive in the city.

They were charged by Canfield police Jan. 19 after they failed to report the accident between their buses during school hours. Bell is charged with improper backing and operating an unsafe vehicle, both minor misdemeanors, and falsification, a first-degree misdemeanor. He is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Feb. 24.

Ensley pleaded no contest Jan. 22 to operating an unsafe vehicle and was fined $75 by Judge Scott Hunter of Mahoning County Area Court here.

Schools Superintendent Dante Zambrini said in a news release the incident was unfortunate.

“Two good employees failed to follow the prescribed protocol that was established for the safety of the students,” he said.

Zambrini said the district conducted an extensive investigation into the accident, resulting in Bell and Ensley’s tendering their resignations.

“The members of the school board have accepted these resignations this evening and are ready to move forward,” he said.

About a half-dozen bus-garage employees attended the board meeting on behalf of Ensley.

Maria Rogers, a bus-garage employee, asked the board to reconsider Ensley’s resignation.

“My understanding is she’d like to rescind [the resignation,]” Rogers said. “She’s a very good employee and co-worker, and we stand behind her. We hope you will take that into consideration.”

None of the board members commented on Rogers’ address.

Zambrini said he and other board members will not discuss the matter further.


1wastepro(58 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

So they resigned to keep their pensions. Mistake by school board. They both lied about an accident. The School Board did not make the right decision here. They both should have been terminated immediately.

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2tntsniper(6 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

@wastepro.. You're 100% wrong. They made one mistake in the many years of being a bus driver. It was a minor mistake that was blown way out of proportion by ONE parent. People learn from mistakes, it only makes them better. If I were that parent, I would feel ashamed of myself for being a large reason two great employees no longer have a job.. Now these young kids may have less experienced bus drivers picking up and taking their kids to and home from school. For the terrible road conditions, who's going to be held accountable when a child is in a car/bus accident because this area is obviously negligent on clearing the roads? I literally cross the PA line and the roads are 10000x's better... So get that ONE parent who complained and moaned about this accident, and get her @ss to start complaining about the road conditions in the Maho valley, if she's so worried about her childs safety. I swear, some people have nothing better to do.

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3DirtForce_1(40 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

sotired......are you kidding me! Do you proof read your comments to hear what an a**hole you sound like....I don't even live in Canfield and you pi$$ed me off.....if your so tired, go to sleep and keep your mouth shut!

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4tntsniper(6 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

You know.. I dont comment on anything I read, for some profound reason, I decided to comment on these new's articles because it really hit a nerve. A minor mistake cost two people their jobs. I honestly think what they did was wrong, not the accident, but how they tried to cover it up, they need to be held accountable for that. The fact that they made a mistake? No.. not at all, they should get docked some points and warned, but nothing more.
What I find funny is a 12 year old girl was arrested and handcuffed (IN SCHOOL) because she wrote "I love my best friend" on her desk. What's going on with our school system? It seems like a complete mess. I personally hold parents 100% responsible. They complain so much, that it has come to this.

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