Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

APS May Check on Driver Applicants.(Final)

Byline: Chris Vogel Journal Staff Writer

Law Lets Only Bus Firm See Histories

Albuquerque Public Schools is looking into amending its contract with contractors to allow the district to view background check results of prospective school bus drivers, Tom Garrity, APS superintendent of advancement, said Thursday.

The district is also re-evaluating how background checks for contract employees are conducted and how the results are forwarded to the contractor, a district spokesman said.

"We want common sense to reign," Garrity said, "and we are trying to find the best way to achieve that."

The policy review is due to Tuesday's arrest on a rape charge of contracted bus driver James Baca, said district spokesman Rigo Chavez. …

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