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Bus driver strike forces AD to postpone Tuesday's sporting events

Posted by Justin Rice  October 8, 2013 11:49 AM

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The surprise strike by Boston school bus drivers Tuesday morning has forced Boston Public Schools to postpone all after-school sporting events for the day.

There were four girls' soccer games, one boys' soccer game, and four volleyball games on Tuesday's schedule.

It is unclear whether games scheduled for the remainder of the week will be played.

“Sporting events for this afternoon have been canceled because of the transportation issue,” said BPS spokesman Brian Ballou. “Beyond that, I can’t speak.”

BPS athletics director Kenneth Still said central officers canceled all practices as well for
Tuesday but he was trying to get them to allow teams to practice if they don’t rely on buses to get to the practice field.

“I’m trying to get a hold of the central office so at least they’ll be allowed to practice,” Still said.

Still said Tuesday’s games will be rescheduled, just as if they were postponed because of inclement weather.

“What happens now is we just have to do makeups, people have to adjust their schedule,” Still said. “We do it on a consistent basis because of rain and snow.”

If the work stoppage were to last all week, Still said, it is possible for teams to use alternative transportation to get to games but that could present liability issues, such as in the instance of players driving with coaches.

Still said he has dealt with a week of postponements because of inclement whether but he has never seen anything like a bus driver strike during his 11-year tenure as AD.

Wednesday happens to be Still’s last day on the job. He officially retires Oct. 21 but is taking unused sick days and vacation days until that point. He said he is confident that the district will navigate this crisis just fine without him.

“I don’t know if it was unavoidable or what, but it sure puts a spike in us as far as making sure the games go on and practice goes on,” he said. “I’m sure central office will work through it and come up with the best suggestion for us to continue.

“It will work itself out. That’s all you can do in this job. There are capable people who can piece it together whether I’m here or not.”

Justin A. Rice covers Boston Public School athletics. He can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.

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