COVINGTON -- The Newton County Board of Education has approved the termination of bus driver Gloria Inscore after she was charged in connection with an accident that sent more than 40 students and staff to the hospital last month.
The board approved the recommendation from Newton County School System Superintendent Gary Mathews during its monthly work session last week.
Following the accident, the Georgia State Patrol issued Inscore, 55, of Covington, a citation for following too closely, a misdemeanor charge. The court date listed is Feb. 26 in Newton County Probate Court.
Inscore was the driver of the Newton County school bus that ran into the back end of another bus that was stopped to unload passengers on Ga. Highway 162 near Rocky Plains Elementary School.
Forty elementary school students, all with minor injuries, and a bus driver were taken to Newton Medical Center and Rockdale Medical Center as a result of the accident; Inscore was taken to Atlanta Medical Center and then was put on medical leave.
Officers from the Georgia State Patrol and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division of the Georgia Department of Public Safety completed a comprehensive mechanical inspection of the school bus that failed to stop, and it revealed no mechanical defects.
The personnel sheet from last week's work session also reveals the release of contracts for Dennis Carpenter, deputy superintendent of Operations, and his wife LaQuanda Carpenter, principal of Alcovy High School. It lists the reason as relocation.
The school board paid them nearly $70,000 as part of a settlement agreement. Both Carpenters had submitted letters to NCSS requesting release from their contracts on Jan. 22.
NCSS said last month, when the separation was announced, that the board members approved it when they accepted the superintendent's recommendation from executive session on Jan. 15. However, neither the settlement, nor the employment changes, were mentioned on the personnel sheet with other employee changes provided after the meeting. In addition, the changes were not explicitly mentioned during the meeting. David Hudson, attorney for the Georgia Press Association, then said that the vote may not comply with the law, since the minutes must reflect the nature of the vote.