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April 30, 2014  |   Comments (1)   |   Post a comment

Florida district’s transportation manager resigns


TAMPA, Fla. — After serving as Hillsborough County Public Schools’ general manager of transportation for seven years, John Franklin resigned, the district announced last week.   

Officials said Franklin "steered the transportation department through an eventful time of change and challenges,” and the district is currently preparing a multifaceted plan to continue to make improvements in the transportation department based on input from a transportation consultant and its employees.

(As SBF previously reported, emergency response procedures for special-needs students are improving at Hillsborough County Public Schools following the implementation of new policies and procedures.)  

“We thank John Franklin for his tireless service and wish him well in his new endeavors,” Superintendent MaryEllen Elia said. “I have reiterated to our transportation team that our goal remains unchanged — we work together to safely transport children every day.”

The district will conduct a nationwide search for Franklin’s replacement. In the meantime, officials said Chief Facilities Officer Chris Farkas will directly oversee the transportation department.

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I had been in contact with John Franklin about the school bus stop where the kids wait for the bus right at my garage door and less than three yards from my bedroom window . I have had my garage door and lawn damaged more than once -- along with extremely loud noise , scattered trash which,I have to clean up after they leave every morning . Some years are a lot worse than others . The wife and I have had to put up with them year after year and we really need a break . There is an open area about a block away which would make an excellent bus stop . I'm at 7145 Hollowell drive -- the bus stop is where Hollowell meets Lindenhurst at my driveway .Please pass this on to the appropriate office .Is there any way the bus stop can be relocated? We've done our time Thank You

John Webb    |    Aug 04, 2014 09:14 AM

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