School board rejects janitor's excuse
February 16, 2011
NASHUA, NH — A school custodian, fired after he was allegedly found sleeping on the job in a classroom, lost his bid to get his job back during a grievance hearing before the board of education on Monday night, according to The Telegraph.
Kevin Powers, formerly a custodian working the night shift at Birch Hill Elementary School, was fired in October after his supervisor said he found him sleeping under a teacher''s desk with the lights off, the article noted.
Powers has been fighting his termination since then, and on Monday night, he brought his case to the school board: He was looking to be reinstated, as well as paid for lost wages and benefits, the article stated.
According to the article, Powers, who has worked as a custodian in the district for nine years, told the board he was doing back exercises.
Powers chose to hold his grievance hearing in public, during which administrators went through his work history, detailing other infractions during his tenure and other cases in which they suspected he had been sleeping on the job, the article added.
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