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The Dansville Online
  • District responds to 65 DMV audit violations

  • Officials are looking forward to leaving behind a tumultuous year for the transportation department. With three bus accidents and a student having been locked inside a bus, the latest woes revolve around the district being cited by the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

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  • Officials are looking forward to leaving behind a tumultuous year for the transportation department. With three bus accidents and a student having been locked inside a bus, the latest woes revolve around the district being cited by the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
    On June 15, the Dansville Central School district was cited with 65 DMV violations after an audit earlier this year. All violations are in regards to Article 19-A of the Vehicle and Traffic Law. In short, 19-A relates specifically to certification files for bus drivers. While the current drivers are all 19-A compliant, administrative errors of these files are the cause for the violations.
    Although names have been witheld for confidentiality reasons, dates of hire for personnel files in violation are often repeated several times. They are between the years 2009 and 2011. Among the violations, files of former employees have gone missing.
    Regarding the missing records, superintendent Paul Alioto said that proper file maintenance and security was probably not a priority at that time, that instability in transportation leadership in recent years could have been a factor, and that, “it is reasonable to suspect that some files left with the former employees.” If that is the case, when employees left the district, “the transportation department probably should have closed their files in some formal manner so that when DMV came in to inspect, they would have known,” Alioto said.
    He said the district is asking the DMV for assistance in what to do in regards to the missing files. “We may need to subpoena current and former employees who may have had access or may have taken those files without knowing it was a violation to remove those files ... it may very well occur that those files are gone for good.”
    Alioto called Pupil Transportation Safety Institute, the same organization that conducted an extensive safety audit a few months ago, to audit the school’s 19-A files on behalf of the district. PTSI conducted the audit June 26.
    “They are helping us to get our filing documentation house in order,” Alioto said, adding that their report became the district’s written response to the DMV’s findings.
    On Monday, resultes of the PTSI audit, conducted by Patricia Bailey, a PTSI Senior 19A certified examiner, was made known to the Express. The audit concurred with all DMV violations with the exception of two: the date on a hiring abstract wasn’t late and that an annual review and personal interview was conducted in a timely manner.
    Bailey will be working with newly appointed transportation supervisor Mike Mistretta on properly setting up the 19A files, of which he is now responsible to maintain.
    Page 2 of 2 - “It’s a mess that we need to clean up. And we are finally in a position to be able to do that,” Alioto said.
    The district sent its report to the DMV and payed a $3,600 civil penalty in lieu of a hearing for these violations Monday. Alioto said that proper filing and documentation is now part of the district’s four-year transportation improvement plan.
    “We take the violations very seriously ... we need to do everything in our power to organize that department and reestablish public confidence,” the superintendent said.
    Mistretta took on the position of transportation supervisor July 1.
     

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