Pinellas County School Board members will discuss budget cut recommendations at a workshop today, including a plan to eliminate busing to two schools. Pinellas needs to cut roughly $53 million to $60 million. Superintendent Julie Janssen said the district cut $118 million over five years, and the latest cuts will certainly affect students. Among the proposals are eliminating nonmandated bus transportation, cutting substitute teachers by half and reducing heating and air conditioning. The cuts could mean the end of bus transportation to Thurgood Marshall Middle and Osceola Fundamental High. The workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the cabinet conference room of the board headquarters, 301 Fourth St. SW in Largo.
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Cars wrecked and shooting follows
Deputies are investigating a shooting that followed a traffic crash Sunday afternoon near Medulla and Frank Moore roads, sending one person to the hospital. A man fired a gun through the windshield of a car after a crash at the intersection, striking a woman in the leg, said Hillsborough County sheriff's spokesman J.D. Callaway. She was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries. "Apparently there was some confrontation somewhere else and it ended with this accident," Callaway said. "It looks like it could be related to gang activity." Deputies detained three people. None was being cooperative, he said. An investigation of the incident is ongoing.