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Bus driver's firing will likely stand -- for now



Hillsborough County School Board members asked questions about an item on Tuesday's meeting agenda to fire bus driver Theresa Robinson for letting her son drive her bus.

But, as of late Tuesday afternoon, her firing seemed all but certain.

Susan Valdes moved to consider the item separately, out of concern that Robinson might have experienced retaliation for speaking publicly about problems in the transportation department.

Cindy Stuart said she wished she had more information. April Griffin said she did not like how it looked: Drivers spoke out at her town hall meetings, and now one was being fired.

But ultimately, Valdes withdrew her motion.

All members were concerned that, if Robinson files a grievance, they might have to rule as a quasi-judiciary body. That prospect made them uneasy about discussing the merits of the case, or treating it differently from any other firing.

"Due process is something that kicks in, unfortunately, after the termination," Griffin said.

Robinson spoke only briefly, saying she was confused about whether she would be fired Tuesday or Wednesday.

The board members promised to give her an answer, and the item was returned to the consent agenda. A vote was expected Tuesday evening.





[Last modified: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 6:07pm]


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