Monday, December 11, 2017

Driven to complain

Irene Davis has driven school buses for Hillsborough County for almost 20 years. But these days she doubts the district's commitment to safety for special-needs students.

Drivers do not get enough training in how to transport children with medical needs, she said. Drivers with even less training are asked to fill in for those who normally transport exceptional student education students.

And buses sometimes lack the equipment to secure wheelchairs.

"They should not allow ESE buses to be on the road without the proper equipment," Davis said Monday during a focus group meeting at Spoto High School.

The meeting, which attracted about 40 drivers, was the first of eight planned this month. Some drivers agreed to be named and quoted. Others chose to speak anonymously.

The sessions are motivated in part by allegations from four transportation trainers who made their concerns public last month in a memo to School Board members. The trainers say not enough is done to protect medically fragile students — and that, when mistakes are made, employees are told not to document them.

Some of the drivers' concerns were monetary. Drivers earn an average of $17,023 a year, according to payroll records. Some have been on the job more than 30 years.

Comments
U.S. experts urge Florida to swap voting information with other states

U.S. experts urge Florida to swap voting information with other states

Voting experts from Alabama to West Virginia urged Florida Monday to join 20 other states in a partnership to scrub its voter rolls before the next statewide election in 2018.At a conference in Tallahassee, experts emphasized the benefits of data-sha...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Florida House Speaker unconcerned about aide secretly moonlighting for lobbyist consultant

Florida House Speaker unconcerned about aide secretly moonlighting for lobbyist consultant

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran has cast himself as champion of ethics and transparency, a bulwark against special interests in Tallahassee. But he tells The Buzz he has no concerns about his communications director having secretly worked for ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Update: Gun found near Lakewood High, school now on lockout

Update: Gun found near Lakewood High, school now on lockout

A gun was found in a backpack near Lakewood High on Monday, St. Petersburg Police spokeswoman Sandra Bentil has confirmed.She would not say where exactly the gun was located off-campus or if it was loaded.The school, which was placed on lockdown arou...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Ashley Moody unveils powerhouse finance team in bid for AG

Ashley Moody unveils powerhouse finance team in bid for AG

Former Hillsborough Circuit Judge Ashley Moody got the support from incumbent Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi before she even officially announced for the job.Even with three other Republicans in the race — Jay Fant, Ross Spano, Frank W...
Updated: 3 hours ago
‘80s Holiday Gift Guide: Here’s what to buy your friends this season

‘80s Holiday Gift Guide: Here’s what to buy your friends this season

The holidays are almost here, and as a proud fan of the '80s, you no doubt want to represent the decade in your gift-giving again this year. But how many A Christmas Story leg lamp ornaments can you really give out? Here are some fresh ideas to ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
How bad are Florida State’s football facilities?

How bad are Florida State’s football facilities?

As Jimbo Fisher was leaving Florida State for Texas A&M, an administrative commitment to facilities was one reason why.So how bad are the Seminoles' facilities, really?No. 12 in the country, according to 247Sports.That's better than Miami (...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Kesha, Macklemore coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

Kesha, Macklemore coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

Brush your teeth with Jack Daniel's and put on your grandpa's hand-me-downs, because Kesha and Macklemore are teaming up for a summer tour.The pop outcasts-turned-heroes will hit the road for a 30-city trek that includes a stop at Tampa's MidFlorida ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Live from Disney: Winter meetings update, day 1

Live from Disney: Winter meetings update, day 1

UPDATE, 10:30: In addition to the Cardinals, the Rockies and Mets are considered hot in pursuit of Rays closer Alex Colome. …. Keep hearing the Angels as a potential landing spot for 3B Evan Longoria if the Rays deal him. … Rays manager K...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays manager Kevin Cash on trade speculation, bullpen staffing, Yankees addition of Giancarlo Stanton

Rays manager Kevin Cash on trade speculation, bullpen staffing, Yankees addition of Giancarlo Stanton

Rays manager Kevin Cash was first up in the media room at the winter meetings today and here are a few up the more interesting things he said:* On trade speculation regarding their veterans such as Chris Archer and Evan Longoria: "I know there is a l...
Updated: 3 hours ago
What to watch this week: New season of ‘The Librarians,’ Gwen Stefani’s Christmas special

What to watch this week: New season of ‘The Librarians,’ Gwen Stefani’s Christmas special

MondaySEASON FINALE: The Gifted, 9 p.m., Fox: The team at Mutant HQ is divided on what to do next after Jace is forced to hand over something valuable to Dr. Campbell.Disney's Fairytale Weddings: Holiday Magic, 8 p.m., Freeform: A behind-the-scenes l...
Updated: 2 hours ago