District 186’s Superintendent responds to video of bus driver allegedly smoking

District 186’s Superintendent responds to video of bus driver allegedly smoking

A viral video shows what looks like a District 186 bus driver smoking in front of students.

Tuesday, School District 186's Superintendent responded.

Superintendent Jennifer Gill said there are 25,000 employees and 14,000 kids and every day is a smooth operation.

Gill also said, with that large of an organization, things are going to happen.

The Superintendent said she just wants to be sure the district follows all procedures and protocols while looking into if there was anything that could have been done differently.

In the video, it mentions the bus is allegedly across from Springfield High School.

"Make sure that they come forward and tell the school and tell the proper authorities right away,” said Superintendent Gill. “I guess it's one way for them to post it on Facebook and us to learn about it, but it doesn't matter in any way we act swiftly and courageously in those events and we certainly don't want to see that kind of thing happening on our school property."

The bus company First Student, said in a statement last week, the incident was under review and the driver had been removed from service, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Tuesday night, District 186’s School Board unanimously approved a two-year extension with First Student.

They're planning on launching a pilot application that allows parents to track the location of their children's buses.

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