West Genesee terminates executive principal; bus drivers show displeasure with district

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The West Genesee Central School District Board of Education voted on the termination of Executive Principal Shannon Coholan during Wednesday’s meeting.

Her termination was approved, effective April 8, 2019.

Coholan has been on paid administrative leave since January. 

Allegations surfaced on social media that former superintendent Chris Brown had a romantic relationship with an employee he supervised. Coholan was named as the alleged employee involved in the affair. 

Also at the meeting Wednesday night, the school board accepted the retirement of Michael Barnes, a bus driver who had been with the district for nearly 10 years. 

Members of the West Genesee Transportation staff entered the meeting together to show support for Barnes, who they believe was bullied into retirement. Barnes was the driver of a bus that a 21-year-old non-student was allowed to ride last month. Camillus Middle School students were on the bus as well.

Interim Superintendent Mike Scheido tells NewsChannel 9 what unfolded was “inexcusable. He added Wednesday that protocol has been tightened. Only students registered with the district will be transported which was all outlined in a memo sent to drivers.

“The driver is being held responsible for the incident that morning when there were others that contributed to the situation,” said West Genesee Bus Driver Krista Schoch. “Our question here is, does the punishment match the crime?”

Transportation staff say there is no formal policy place to prevent the situation that happened. Drivers are hopeful the district will reconsider the decision regarding Barnes. 

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