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Lakewood Schools Transportation Employees Get Rice Notices

LAKEWOOD – Bus drivers and bus aides have been formally notified by the board of education that the future of their employment will be up for discussion at the next board meeting, according to a copy of a notice provided by a source.

Amid the fiscal problems plaguing Lakewood’s current mismanaged busing situation, the jobs of the Lakewood public school district’s bus drivers & aides could soon be in jeopardy, according to a letter sent to employees this past week.

In the Rice letter to the affected employees, Lakewood Superintendent Laura Winter only described the board’s potential personnel actions as “action(s) which may be of interest to you.”

The Lakewood school board will meet on Wednesday July 18th, 2018 where busing and the district’s management of the program is expected to be a contentious issue.

The notices are required to be issued because of a precedent-setting court case by the same name. The Rice decision provides  public employees with the right to demand a public hearing on their employment status, rather than have the matter resolved confidentially in executive session, if they so choose.

Ocean County Politics obtained a copy of one of the Rice notices from a source who requested to remain anonymous. To protect personal privacy interests, we have redacted the name and home address of the employee whose notice we have published.


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