Hillsborough school board discusses safer busing options

District leaders say workshop is for prelim plan

TAMPA - It's time for a transportation overhaul within the Hillsborough County School District.  District leaders have acknowledged that and say they plan to come up with a skeleton plan of action at a workshop Wednesday morning.

There are 349 buses that should be replaced this year and others in the aging fleet in need of repair, but up until this point, no real sign of change was on the horizon.

The school board, the Superintendent as well as representatives from the transportation department are set to meet at 9:30 a.m. on the issues at hand.

"I don't think we're at the point right now that there are going to be a lot of very specific recommendations," says Steve Hegarty with the Hillsborough County School District.  "I think we're going to talk about what some of the issues are based on some of the focus groups and we're going to talk about what the priorities are and then we will look for some direction from the board.  That's why it's interactive."

Hegarty says there can be no vote at the workshop, but its rather a platform to get viable ideas on the table ready to bring to upcoming board meetings.

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