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Graduation dates, employee discipline and new principals at Hillsborough school board meeting



The Hillsborough County School Board will vote Tuesday to suspend or fire three support employees, including an exceptional student education aide accused by Sheriff's deputies of dragging someone with her car.

The incident happened far from Middleton High School, where 24-year-old Ashley Ervin worked.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies accused Ervin in June of driving away in Riverview while holding onto her cousin's hair. The cousin was halfway out of the car, the report said. Ervin, a district employee since 2007, was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a felony.

She told the Tampa Bay Times at the time that the incident did not happen the way the deputies described it, taking their account from witnesses.

District officials also want to suspend without pay Lazaro Busto, a Maniscalco Elementary School custodian who was charged with felony drug trafficking; and Tracey E. Seenath, a property control clerk who was charged with aggravated stalking.

Administrative appointments also are expected Tuesday, another meeting-packed day that begins with a workshop at 8 a.m. and ends with a late afternoon session to agree on interview questions for the new School Board attorney.

Expect to see a new principal for Martinez Middle School and another new principal for Armwood High School, the third this year.

The board will also vote on high school graduation dates for May and June.


[Last modified: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 4:45pm]


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