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Gas pump accident could cost Hernando school worker her job

BROOKSVILLE — An attempt to cover up an accident at a gas pump could cost a Hernando School District employee her job.

Roseann Delvalle, 55, a food and nutrition assistant at Springstead High School, drove a box truck away from the pump at the district's facilities compound in Brooksville on Nov. 22 but did not take out the nozzle, a report shows.

Delvalle told officials she realized her mistake as she drove away and saw the hose hanging from the side of the truck. Delvalle didn't report the incident and returned 20 minutes later and asked a worker for help getting the gas to flow. When the staffer turned on the pump, the hose fell off in her hand, spraying her with gas. Neither woman was injured.

Delvalle said the nozzle was like that when she arrived, but her actions were on surveillance video and she admitted her error when confronted the next day.

Delvalle, with the district since 2005, had a clean personnel file. The School Board on Feb. 1 will consider superintendent Bryan Blavatt's recommendation to fire Delvalle.

Gas pump accident could cost Hernando school worker her job 01/24/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 11:37am]
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