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School board: More bus changes coming down the road

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HILLSBOROUGH (FOX 13) -

Many bus drivers are passionate about being behind the wheel. They're also passionate about the problems behind the scenes.

Superintendent Mary Ellen Elia has become the new target.

They claim broken busses and bad management are just a few of the many issues drivers in Hillsborough County face.

"It's her leadership. She put those people in positions. There's no accountability. There are no checks and balances to see what's working, what's not working," said Corie Holmes, a bus driver trainer.

Less than a week ago, embattled bus Chief John Franklin stepped down after seven years on the job.

"He was just a piece of the puzzle. There are so many more moving parts that we need to look at," said school board member April Griffin.

Griffin has been hosting bus driver town hall meetings. She says changes are coming, possible by June or July.

That's good news for Mary Hall. She's been driving kids for 20 years.

"It is frustrating because you don't know one day from the other if you're going to have a job, or sit on the side of the road with your bus broken," said Hall.

She has a simple wish for future management.

"I would like to see someone in there who knows what they're doing and who's for the bus drivers," she said.

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