Any plans for an inquiry into the Fayette County public schools' Transportation Department apparently are on hold, at least for now.
Superintendent Tom Shelton said the proposal has been halted as a result of a lawsuit filed in September by a former Fayette school bus driver.
"It's kind of tied up right now because of the litigation, and I can't really comment on the litigation," Shelton said. "There's nothing we're doing now outside of that litigation."
Former bus driver Sherry King sued the Fayette Board of Education in Fayette Circuit Court, alleging that she was sexually harassed by another district employee, and that the school system did nothing when she filed a grievance. King also alleged that she became a target for bullying and intimidation by senior officials in the transportation department.
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The suit names school board members, former superintendent Stu Silberman, transportation director John Kiser and various other district employees. King is seeking punitive and compensatory damages.
Shelton said in September that he was considering an outside, independent investigation of the transportation department before the suit was filed, citing concerns he'd received about working conditions and other issues. Shelton said he started hearing such concerns shortly after he was hired as Fayette's superintendent in June.
"Since the litigation came along, everything has kind of fallen through with that," Shelton said.