Judge orders man to repay $928 to Greensburg Salem
A New Stanton area man who drove a school bus for the Greensburg Salem School District last year has to repay the district for the $928 check that was mistakenly issued to him on Jan. 31.
On Wednesday, District Justice James Albert, of Greensburg, ordered Robert C. Kemerer, 51, of Hempfield Township, to repay the money that Kemerer admitted he owed to the school district, plus court costs. Albert said that within 30 days Kemerer would receive a letter ordering him to reimburse the school district.
John Scales, the school district's solicitor, said a clerical error resulted in Kemerer getting a check that was due another person. The district attempted to stop payment on the check when it discovered the error but learned the check already had been cashed, Scales said after the hearing. The district did not receive any payment from Kemerer, so it filed the complaint on March 7.
Kemerer said after the hearing that he initially thought the check was for the money earned driving an activity bus for Greensburg Salem last year. The check was in an envelope with his W-2 wage statement for 2002. He said he used the money to pay bills.
Kemerer said he offered to repay the money in monthly installments of $50, but the school district wanted higher monthly payments. Kemerer and his wife, Darlene, claimed the dispute caused them to lose their jobs as bus drivers for Laidlaw Transit Co., which provides transportation for the school district.
Scales denied the district had any role in the loss of their jobs. He said the school district wrote to Kemerer on Feb. 12 saying it would allow the bus driver to repay the amount in monthly installments of $200, but Kemerer did not respond, nor did he make any payments.
"We are willing to be reasonable," Scales said about a repayment schedule.