Investigation of Bus Driver Still On-going

By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

Panama City-- It appears it could be next week before we find out if a Bay District Schools bus driver will face any further discipline for dropping off a 5-year-old girl at the wrong bus stop, 5 miles from home.

Bay Schools Superintendent, Bill Husfelt has received the investigation report, but says he wants to speak with Jeannie Marie Burkett before making any decisions.

It was Burkett’s daughter, Adalyn, that boarded the wrong bus at Patterson Elementary School last week.

The child claims she told bus driver, Paul Miller, that she was at the wrong bus stop, but Miller told her to get off the bus.

Husfelt met with Miller last Thursday and suspended him with pay. Union rules prohibit Miller from being suspended without pay. Jeannie Marie Burkett wants Miller fired. But Husfelt says Miller may not be the only person who made a mistake.

"She got through that checkpoint and never should have gotten on the bus to begin with. But once she was on the bus, the bus driver should have recognized the tag that she was wearing and didn't belong on that bus. Now what happened once we got on the bus is where the investigation, you know, the bus driver said he doesn't remember telling her to get off the bus and the little girl says i was told to get off the bus," said Husfelt.

Husfelt says the entire episode was a terrible mistake that thankfully did not end in tragedy. Once Husfelt meets with Burkett, he says he'll hold a formal hearing, then recommend action which will have to be approved by the school board.


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  • by shawn Location: panama city on Sep 10, 2010 at 10:38 PM
    This isn't the first time something like this has happened my son is an after schooler and gets out of school at 5:30 and was sent home walking and just so happened to see his grandmother down the street from the school and all I got was an apology from the school. Nevermind the fact that I was at work and no and would not have missed him until I came to pick him up nobody called me to tell me about the mistake.
  • by BECKY Location: FOUNTAIN on Sep 9, 2010 at 08:05 AM
    THIS IS NOT THE FIRST MISTAKE THE SCHOOL BOARD OR BUS DRIVERS HAVE MADE PULL ALL THE VIDEO FROM BUS AND SEE ALL THE BULLIES THE DRIVERS LET GO ON BUT THEN AGAIN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT BAY COUNTY,,,
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