- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Rebecca L. Perry said yesterday that the schools’ transportation director, who has been accused of sexually and verbally harassing employees at his former place of work, was cleared by background checks and has received satisfactory reviews since his hiring.

In an e-mail message, Mrs. Perry said: “We take the allegations seriously and will continue to monitor the situation.”

A spokeswoman said Mrs. Perry could not answer questions by phone, and calls to Mr. Rose’s office were not returned.

The district’s transportation director, David Rose, has been accused by four women in Prince George, Va., where he worked until a year ago, of inappropriate touching and verbal harassment. Three of the women still work for Prince George County Public Schools , and the fourth left to work for another school district.

Two of the women, Rukchanok C. Cramer, 49, and Wanda Coleman, 45, have filed lawsuits, and a third, Yolanda Stokes, 43, has filed a complaint with U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The women say they were harassed between 2002 and 2004. Mr. Rose left the 6,500-student Prince George County school district in 2004 to become the director of transportation in Alexandria’s 11,000-student system.

Since news of the accusations first were reported Monday, an Alexandria schools employee has come forward with more recent charges.

Derek McDonald, an Alexandria schools transportation employee, has filed a grievance with the school system and plans to file a lawsuit against Mr. Rose.

Mr. McDonald said yesterday that Mr. Rose spoke abusively to him and took away his responsibilities in retaliation for a request he made that a bus driver be reinstated after being arrested for driving under the influence, a charge that Mrs. Perry also was arrested for a year ago.

“He cursed at me, he took away all my positions. He told me he was going to make me suffer,” Mr. McDonald said.

Amy Carlini, an Alexandria schools spokeswoman, said she could not discuss Mr. McDonald’s complaint. Mr. McDonald has been placed on administrative leave.

Mrs. Perry said yesterday: ?We completed a background check when Mr. Rose was hired. He had good references from Prince George County Schools, and at the time, no charges had been filed. … Since he has been in Alexandria, Mr. Rose’s evaluations have been satisfactory.”

A woman who answered the phone at the Prince George schools transportation office would not give her name but said Mr. Rose was “a perfect gentleman with us.”

“My understanding is that he left for a better job,” she said.

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