MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac School Superintendent Anthony DiCarlo announced this morning, Tuesday, Sept. 18, that district transportation supervisor Pamela Romeo has resigned from her position.
The move comes in the wake of ongoing transportation issues that have plagued the district since the first day of school on Sept. 5. Parents reported that some elementary school children were arriving home from school as much as two hours late. Some buses were also late arriving at school in the morning as well, in some cases disrupting the morning roll call. Parents told Mahopac News that some bus stops were missed entirely. Parents also complained that communication with the school district regarding the transportation issues was spotty at best.
DiCarlo apologized last week for the mix-ups, calling the service that the district provided “inconsistent and unreliable.” He said the problems were attributed to myriad factors, including young students forgetting their bus numbers, new class schedules and new routes.
DiCarlo sent an email blast to parents on Tuesday announcing Romeo’s termination.
“Moving forward, Pamela Romeo will no longer be serving as the Transportation Supervisor for the Mahopac Central School District. We want to thank Ms. Romeo for her service to the District and wish her well in her future endeavors,” the email read.
DiCarlo said that the transportation department will be supervised on an interim basis by Peter Ferone while the district searches for a permanent replacement for Romeo. Ferone has served in public school transportation leadership positions, including the Brewster and Carmel school districts, for several decades.
‘As you are familiar, we have encountered district-wide transportation issues with a few of the bus routes’ timing allocations and parent communication,” the email stated. “We are working diligently for solutions. As a result, a few bus route schedules may be impacted. If your child’s bus route is impacted, you will be contacted directly. Furthermore, we are implementing an improved communication process, so parents and guardians are informed in the event of a major delay.”
DiCarlo said the district remains “dedicated to ensuring students are safe and set for success when arriving and departing school.”