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Pinellas schools superintendent recommends discipline for five bus drivers



The Pinellas School Board is likely to approve recommendations at its regularly scheduled meeting tonight aimed at disciplining a spate of bus driver misbehavior.

Superintendent Julie Janssen has recommended that Laquishaa Roundtree, who was cited for speeding in a school zone while she was driving a school bus, receive a three-day suspension. Janssen is recommending a five-day suspension for Glenn Eddins for conspiring with special education associates on his bus to prolong his drive back to the bus compound so that the associates and he could earn extra time.

The superintendent also is recommending a five-day suspension for Marcos Santiago, who violated School Board policy when he used his bus for personal errands, used his cell phone while driving the bus, and purposefully delayed his route to earn overtime.

And finally, Janssen is recommending that two drivers be fired. Robert Gibson Jr. failed to return to work after his leave of absence expired Oct. 31. Richard Woods permitted a student to ride his bus without proper authorization and left her at a stop that required her to cross six lanes of traffic to get to her home.

Donna Winchester, Pinellas Education Reporter


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:21am]


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