The parents of a 5-year-old girl who was accosted by another kindergartner on a Williamsville school bus told the School Board Tuesday night they have taken their daughter out of school, citing safety as their major concern.
"My daughter was forcibly undressed and exposed," said Donna Dentice, addressing the School Board at its regular meeting. "My daughter's rights have been violated."
The girl told her parents her tights and underwear were pulled down by a 5-year-old boy in the Sept. 20 incident as they rode the bus home from Forest Elementary School.
"We feel the administrators have tried to handle the situation to the best of their ability," responded Anne Rohrer, board president. "I'm sorry if you feel the issue has not been resolved."
Mrs. Dentice and her husband, Angelo, who have requested the district add bus aides, also wanted the boy barred from riding the bus.
"Bus aides are what we're calling for," said Dentice. "Cameras don't do the job." They just record problems. Policies and procedures need to be reviewed."
The board did not respond to the request for bus monitors.
Earlier this month, the district installed six video cameras on its buses, a $60,000 project that had been in the works for three years, according to spokeswoman Jacqueline Paone.
The district is in the process of installing video-camera boxes on all of its more than 100 buses. The six cameras will be rotated on all its more than 100 buses throughout the district.
The board Tuesday approved the appointment of Susan M. Lammert to fill the board seat vacated by the resignation of Dr. Barry Weinstein.
Mrs. Lammert, of Woodberry Court, a homemaker and mother of two Williamsville East High School students, will be sworn in at the next meeting, Nov. 5, to fill the seat until the board election in May.
She has been active in the district's Parent Teacher School Associations, serving as president of the Transit Middle PTSA.
She also served last summer on the Shared Decision Making Committee at East High to choose the assistant principal.
Also Tuesday, the board voted to appoint Thomas M. Ramming as assistant superintendent for human resources effective Jan. 1, at a salary of $90,000.
Ramming, currently personnel director for West Seneca schools, will replace Louis J. Nanni, who is retiring.