On Tuesday morning, March 7, parents of Wilton Public School students who ride Bus 1 received a letter from Maria Coleman, director of human resources and general administration, notifying them that a permanent change was being made in the driver of their children’s bus. The change was being made, she said, because the driver had “violated bus company policy.”
Wilton Police public information officer Lt. Robert Cipolla confirms that there is an open investigation into a personnel matter with a driver from Student Transportation of America (STA), the bus company contracted with Wilton Schools; however, he said he couldn’t elaborate any further.
“At this time we are still determining if there is something criminal that occurred or if it is simply an administrative matter,” Cipolla told GOOD Morning Wilton.
In her letter to parents, Coleman confirmed that a substitute driver has been assigned to the route as of the afternoon of March 3, and that the original driver has permanently been removed.
“Student Transportation of America, our school district’s bus company, has confirmed that the former driver of bus 1 will no longer drive any bus for the Wilton Public Schools. A substitute will be in place until a permanent driver is assigned,” she wrote.
The school district’s transportation liaison, Fran Williams, said the situation was a confidential personnel matter, and that the school wanted to be transparent in alerting parents about the change in drivers.
Messages to STA’s Wilton dispatch at the bus depot were referred to the corporate headquarters and the dispatcher said someone would return the call with further information; no comment has been returned as of press time. GMW will update as more information is available.