In a Page 1A story Wednesday about bus drivers and their contract negotiations in the Pequot Lakes School District, it should have been clarified that Jan Lichy of Education Minnesota and Lara Maxfield, union president, did not refer to school board personnel chair Mark Liedl by name, but acknowledged in their comments about the “monkey” incident that Liedl was the lone male board member involved in negotiations and referred to the school board member who made the comment by his gender.
The other two board members who have been involved with negotiations are female.
Liedl acknowledged he knew he was being accused of saying a monkey could drive a school bus, but denies he ever said that.
In that same story, it should have said that the bus drivers never got permission to carry the monkeys and literature on their buses since they are considered personal property and Lichy said they don’t need to get permission. However, administration did order the monkeys and literature off the buses after the fact and they were removed. Lichy, not Maxfield, should have been attributed to saying that many longtime drivers have left the job due to stress, while a few had medical issues and a driver passed away.
The Dispatch regrets the errors.