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Posted May 10, 2013 | comments Leave a comment

Shenandoah school bus driver resigns

By Joe Beck

The Shenandoah County school bus driver charged with reckless driving after a crash in Mauertown is resigning after 14 years with the school system.

Shenandoah County Public Schools Superintendent B. Keith Rowland said Thursday that Lisa Lynn Kniceley told him she had decided to resign at a meeting last week. Rowland said he expects the school board to accept the resignation at Thursday night's meeting.

Kniceley, 56, of Mauertown had been placed on administrative leave after the accident in mid-April on Headley Road.

"Ms. Kniceley had a good career with us," Rowland said. "It has certainly bothered her that this accident happened. She was very conscientious in accepting responsibility as to what happened. She handled this very professionally."

Kniceley began driving buses for the school system in the late 1990s after a previous stint at the same job in Fairfax County.

State police say she was driving west on Headley Road around 7:30 a.m. on April 12 when the bus ran off the right side of the road and struck a fence and utility pole.

The bus was carrying 45 children, eight of whom were taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. No serious injuries were found among them.

State police charged Kniceley with reckless driving. She is scheduled to appear in Shenandoah County General District Court on May 21.

Online court records show Kniceley has one previous conviction for misdemeanor shoplifting in 2006. Rowland said misdemeanors do not disqualify someone from holding a job with the school system.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com

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