Indiana school bus driver resigns following more allegations of texting while driving
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) -- A southern Indiana bus driver caught texting and driving in the past, resigns after allegations she did it again -- but she says that’s not the reason she quit.
The superintendent of Southwestern Jefferson County Schools won't say too much about why Linda Bouldery, who’s worked with the district since 1989, submitted her resignation. But Monday night SWJCS board members approved it.
“She has requested that the board take her resignation effective August 14th, 2015," said Superintendent Trevor Jones said after a monthly board meeting Monday night. "At this moment it's an ongoing personnel issue and I really can't discuss that right now at this moment."
A former district employee said he noticed Bouldery at the intersection of Clifty Drive and State Road 256 on Thursday, Aug. 13, texting while driving. He said he then reported it to the superintendent.
"It's an ongoing personnel issue, right now I don't want to discuss that," Jones said when asked if someone specifically complained she was texting while driving.
When pressed on whether he had seen video of her texting while driving, he replied, "I can't comment on that at this moment."
In 2014, Bouldery was caught on surveillance texting while driving a school bus. Indiana State Police wrote her a $125 ticket.
ISP Trooper Troy Boyd, who wrote the ticket, says he will not issue another one this time, because of the district's prompt action in the matter.
"They believe what I did last time was the correct action and they were more than willing to actually do something about her actions this time through their administrative ways," Trooper Boyd said.
Superintendent Jones would not say if Bouldery was asked to step down or resigned on her own, only that student safety is a top priority.
“I represent this community, I represent the kids and we're not going to tolerate anything that's unsafe," said Jones.
We reached out to Bouldery on Facebook and she replied:
“I resigned of my own choice. My health is a main reason. I have just been doing too much. I just need to take on less responsibilitys (sic). My health and family comes first."
WDRB submitted an open records request to get the surveillance video from the bus and Ms. Bouldrey's resignation letter.
The district, according to law, has seven business days to respond.
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