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District statement on the arrest of Birnie Bus aide

On Monday, July 24, 2017, Port Byron Central School District officials learned of the arrest of Tessa Davis, a school bus aide who worked for Birnie Bus Service.

According to Investigator Anthony Gower, on July 3, troopers received a complaint about Davis. Upon further investigation, police discovered that Davis had engaged in a sexual relationship with a student for about three to four months. Davis was arrested on July 18.

Though the investigation is ongoing, Port Byron CSD Superintendent Neil O’Brien said that Davis was never assigned to any of the school district’s bus runs during her employment last school year with Birnie Bus, the company the district contracts with for student transportation. Birnie Bus provides transportation services for other Cayuga County community organizations.

Superintendent O’Brien believes the alleged relationship started outside of school.
When Birnie Bus hired Davis, the Department of Motor Vehicles conducted a background check and fingerprint clearance, which New York state requires for school bus personnel.

The district wants to assure the entire school community that it is committed to protecting the welfare of our students and will always take swift and firm action in situations that may jeopardize their safety. If you have any concerns, please contact Superintendent Neil O’Brien at 315-776-5728.