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Blue Earth Area bus driver quits

October 9, 2012
Jodelle Greiner - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

BLUE EARTH - Blue Earth Area School Board accepted the resignation of bus driver Jane Brooks on Monday.

In a one-sentence letter dated Oct. 4 and addressed to the board, Brooks tendered her resignation "effective immediately."

Brooks faces a fifth-degree assault charge after an incident on her bus Sept. 14.

According to the complaint against Brooks:?A 6-year-old boy hit a smaller child on the head with a book bag. Brooks moved the 6-year-old to a seat behind her, but he kicked and spat on other passengers.

Brooks radioed the school for assistance and was told to move the children away from the 6-year-old, who continued to spit on other children. Brooks told him to stop spitting, but he spit again and Brooks slapped him.

When Brooks was charged, she was summoned to appear in Faribault County Court today, but the court date has been postponed to Monday.

She faces a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Blue Earth Area Superintendent Evan Gough declined to comment on Brooks' resignation.

In other business Monday, Gough said the amount of the local property tax levy increase has gone up and down. It was at 3 percent, then down as far as a negative 0.85 percent, but could wind up close to the maximum of 6.5 percent because of an unforseen problem:?the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning construction project at the K-8 building is going to require asbestos abatement, which will cost about $125,000.

"It made a big difference," Gough said. "We hope the bids will come in low enough we can put that [money] in HVAC."

The board approved publishing bids for the project on Oct. 10. A walk-through is set for Oct. 19, and bids will be opened Oct. 30.



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