Schools to end Beverage ban for bus drivers
Less than a week after hundreds of school bus drivers filed a grievance over the new policy, the Pasco County school district said it will drop its ban on beverages behind the wheel. The district has long prohibited bus drivers from drinking or eating while a bus is in motion. But the rule was expanded this school year to require bus drivers to lock down a bus in a safe location and leave the operator's compartment in order to have something to drink. Bus drivers said they spend hours in hot buses and should be able to sip water when they're stopped at a red light. District spokeswoman Summer Romagnoli released a statement Tuesday evening saying the new language will be removed. "We believe the previous language ensures the continued safety of students and employees," she wrote. "We appreciate our employees bringing this matter to our attention and value our employees' service to the students of Pasco County."
Cleanup brings in 11 tons of trash
About 1,200 volunteers scooped up more than 11 tons of trash last weekend during the annual Coastal Cleanup. Twenty-eight teams fanned out across the county to clean litter and debris from shorelines, roads and open spaces. Among this year's haul? "Tires — there's always tires," said county recycling coordinator Jennifer Seney, who organizes the cleanup. "I wish folks would dispose of their tires properly, rather than tossing them in the woods. But there are also appliances — a washing machine this time — car parts, odd bits of household items, like a fully intact toilet, and plastic — mounds of plastic." Advanced Disposal and Pasco Iron & Metal accepted free disposals of scrap metal, with proceeds going to Keep Pasco Beautiful to support the Coastal Cleanup.
Board member will discuss schools
School Board member Cynthia Armstrong will speak at the Beacon Square Civic Association meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday. The public is invited to hear about what's happening with Pasco schools. The association meets at 3741 Bradford Drive. For details, call (727) 807-7007, visit www.beaconsquarecivicassociation.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legislator to speak to Republican club
State Rep. Will Weatherford will speak to the Republican Club of Central Pasco on Tuesday. The social hour and dinner will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the business meeting at 7 p.m. at the Groves Golf and Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle. Weatherford will update the club on redistricting and the leading legislative issues for next session, including the economy, the budget and education. For more information, call Connie Queller at (813) 326-8802.