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Fresh criticism ahead of Hills. Co. school bus meeting

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School transportation takes center stage at a town hall meeting in Apollo Beach tonight.

The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Covington Park Club House. It's the second in a series of meetings taking place to discuss Hillsborough County school transportation.

The meeting is organized by school board members April Griffin and Susan Valdes. Community members are invited to voice their concerns.

Though already planned, tonight's event comes after the Tampa Bay Times reported a key supervisor quit his job Friday.

Richard "Dewayne" Bethune reportedly served the district for six years, supervising the workers who repaired hundreds of buses. Bethune described the work to the Times as "frustrating."

He added "mechanics are not always up to the job," and "the district doesn't back him up, when he tries to supervise them."

District spokesman Stephen Haggerty responded to the criticism, telling the Times: "If any of our employees are not getting the job done or are cutting corners, we need to know about it, and we will get to the bottom of it and correct it."

We are working to secure an interview with the district later today.

The Times reported Hillsborough County's bus fleet is one of the oldest in the state of Florida, ranked 59th out of 67 districts.

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