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Lauren Dodd - September 2022
Roy Johnson has been a school bus monitor for 13 years. After being diagnosed with stage IV metastatic gastric cancer, Johnson had to be hospitalized four times in addition to 11 rounds of chemotherapy and ten rounds of radiation. Because of all of the time needed for his cancer treatment, he had exhausted his Family Medical Leave, used all his paid time off, and was coming close to the end of his remaining sick days. He claims the school district gave him three options: quit, be terminated, or transfer elsewhere in the district.
“I’m happy if I can go back to work,” Johnson said. “It’s just the long process that it’s taken; I had to go so far to get these results.”
A spokesperson for the district would not comment on personnel matters but said, "Killeen ISD works with all employees to find the best solutions to their individual employment related situations within our policies and procedures."
Luckily, through an appeal he was able to continue his employment with the school district through the end of the school year. Johnson has said he wants to continue working as long as his doctors allow him to.
For more on Johnson's story, click here.
Original source: kdhnews.com