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Pinellas school board fires bus driver, cites policy violations


Published:   |   Updated: September 24, 2013 at 01:47 PM

Pinellas County School Board members voted to dismiss a school bus driver at their meeting today after school district officials learned that she may have hit a student with her bus.

On Feb. 4, Belinda Ivey, a school bus driver in the school district since Sept. 22, 2005, reported to bus dispatchers that she may have hit a student a half-hour earlier, but dispatchers were unable to get back in touch with her to find out more information, according to the school district.

Ivey didn’t stop the bus when she saw the student fall down, didn’t report the incident according to school district policy, didn’t tell dispatchers the student’s location and didn’t cooperate during the investigation, according to the school district.

Ivey also drove her bus in February while her medical authorization was on hold, changed her school bus route without being granted the authority and failed to stop at a bus stop.

Ivy challenged Superintendent Michael Grego’s April recommendation for dismissal and requested a hearing with an administrative law judge, but the judge recommended that she be fired for violating multiple school district policies.

Ivey, who has been suspended without pay since April, was making a salary of $19,568.64 a year.

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