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Bus driver of the year and other Pinellas education news

News and notes about K-12 schools and colleges in Pinellas County.

Pinellas names school bus Driver of the Year

The Pinellas County school district this week recognized James Krull as the school bus Driver of the Year. Krull has worked as a driver since 2011 and was selected for the recognition based on numerous letters from supervisors, co-workers and teachers. The district said in a statement: “Krull has a love and care for the students on his bus and goes the extra mile to ensure their bus ride is comfortable and safe.” He was selected from a group of drivers who each had been selected over the year as a Driver of the Month. Also honored with certificates at this week’s School Board meeting were 27 drivers with 15 or more years of safe driving. They were among 66 drivers with 10 or more years of safe driving that will be recognized as part of National School Bus Safety Week Oct. 21-25.

Event to help disabled students plan ahead

The Pinellas County school district will host its annual ESE College, Career & Life Fair from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Pinellas Park High, 6305 118th Ave. N. The event, geared to students with disabilities and their families, will provide information about financial aid, career training, job skills, college, military service opportunities, supported living and additional resources. Families will have the opportunity to talk with representatives from the district and various educational institutions and community organizations. For more information or to arrange for an interpreter, contact Jayme Joslyn at (727) 588-5079.

Resource fair aims to non-English speakers with services

A resource fair for families who speak native languages besides English will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the St Petersburg College Clearwater Campus in Building ES, Room 104. The Pinellas County school district’s English for Speakers of Other Languages department is partnering with dozens of community organizations to put on the event. Topics will include early learning programs, tutoring, career and college opportunities, medical care service, technical programs, GED diplomas, transportation, free citizenship classes, and English classes for adults. For more information, contact Ramona Zambrano at or (727) 588-6341. Flyers in other languages are available on the district’s ESOL family resource page.

Eckerd College discussion topics: immigration, conservation

Eckerd College will host two discussions next week, part of an ongoing series of free lectures and presentations on campus throughout the year. On Wednesday, the public is invited to “A Conversation on Immigration: Intergenerational Experiences with the Border” at 6:30 p.m. in the Cobb Gallery. Manuel Camacho, a poet and a Spanish professor at San Joaquin Delta College, will join Osvaldo Flores, a DREAMer, future lawyer and an undocu-ally, for a conversation on the border, immigration laws, citizenship and those seeking asylum in the U.S. On Thursday, Paul Robbins leads a discussion titled “Coffee, Frogs and Workers: Conservation in the Anthropocene” at 7 p.m. in Miller Auditorium. As dean of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Robbins investigates biodiversity, plantation export economics and labor dynamics in the booming commodity production landscapes of coffee, rubber and betel nut in southern India. The Eckerd campus is at 4200 54th Ave. S in St. Petersburg. For more information on public events at the college, visit

Elementary school lunches

Monday: Teacher planning day. No school for students.

Tuesday: Breakfast for lunch, cheesy bread, chicken caesar salad, Jamwich Kit, deli-roasted potatoes, marinara cup, romaine side salad.

Wednesday: Asian beef and broccoli lo mein, chicken drumstick with hush puppy, yogurt and fruit parfait, ham and cheese croissant, sliced cucumbers, steamed broccoli florets.

Thursday: Pizzaboli, chicken sandwich, Apple-a-Day Salad, chicken caesar wrap, marinara cup, sweet potato fries, mixed side salad.

Friday: Pizza variety, cheesy fish filet, chef salad, turkey and cheese hoagie or sandwich, corn niblets, fresh veggie dippers.