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School transportation director on sick leave for remainder of contract

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Move comes just week after inaccurate bus inspection reports revealed

By BEN CARLSON

Jeff Young is out as the Anderson County School District’s transportation director, a move that was announced during a driver meeting held yesterday morning.

Replacing him will be Sonny Fentress, the district’s former superintendent.

Current Superintendent Sheila Mitchell said today that Young will be on sick leave for the remainder of his contract, and that Fentress has been named interim director, effective today.

The Anderson News has asked but has not received an answer on how long is left on Young’s contract, which pays him an annual salary of $65,400.

Mitchell’s explanation differs from what several drivers who attended the meeting claim they were told. They say Young, who resigned from his position on the board of education to take the job when former Superintendent Kim Shaw resigned, told them he was having back problems and wasn’t sure when, or if, he would return.

The move comes just a week after it was revealed that the mechanics who work under Young’s supervision were not accurately filling out monthly inspection reports that are mandated by the Kentucky Department of Education. Instead, the mechanics were marking on the inspections reports that everything was OK, and claiming that problems they found were fixed at a later date.

That issue came to light after a bus inspector from the Department of Education pulled four Anderson County school buses off the road for a variety of mechanical and safety issues just days after those same buses were inspected by the mechanics.

Three of the buses were returned to service the following day. The fourth remains off the road.

The move also comes just days after it was revealed that confidential student and parent information was lost from bus 27 and has yet to be recovered.

The book was lost last Wednesday morning, but as of Monday afternoon Mitchell said not all parents of the students named in the book had been notified.