published Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Hamilton schools won't drop medical coverage for contract bus drivers

The Hamilton County school board decided Thursday not to take away medical benefits from contract bus drivers.

Superintendent Rick Smith said he would submit another version of the budget next week.

Smith also told the board that the cuts proposed are too severe and he will go to the County Commission to ask for more funding.

about Joan Garrett McClane...

Joan Garrett McClane has been a staff writer for the Times Free Press since August 2007. Before becoming a general assignment writer for the paper, she wrote about business, higher education and the court systems. She grew up the oldest of five sisters near Birmingham, Ala., and graduated with a master's and bachelor's degrees in journalism from the University of Alabama. Before landing her first full-time job as a reporter at the Times Free Press, ...

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Humphrey said...

The donation to Rhonda Thurman from the contract bus drivers was just a smidgen under the $1,000 maximum allowed. Turned out to be a pretty good investment I guess.,%20Rhonda/2004-07-28%20Fin.%20Disc.pdf

July 14, 2011 at 10:19 p.m.
Humphrey said...

"Board members were told there is still no contract with the contract bus drivers with school fast approaching. There are 49 spots alloted for the private operators. The rest of the school bus program is by the Durham Transportation firm.

Board member Rhonda Thurman said the contract bus drivers "take a hit" every year, while Durham is spared."

A little campaign donation makes a good friend of Rhonda Thurman. Some people think that Thurman looks out for the regular folks. They are right that she will "speak her mind" but the the mind she speaks looks out for her cronies and donors, like any typical politician.

"Board members said they did not want to cut medical benefits for contract school bus drivers, which means drawing down another $490,000 from the fund balance."

Yep, always worried about cutting costs, that Rhonda Thurman.

July 14, 2011 at 10:27 p.m.
rosebud said...

So we're quoting on the TFP website? Interesting.

July 14, 2011 at 11:13 p.m.
Humphrey said...

easier to post here, Rhonda.

July 14, 2011 at 11:30 p.m.
Selah said...

Interesting...seems like business as usual. Vote 2012

July 15, 2011 at 2:11 a.m.
Selah said...

Interesting...seems like business as usual. The script is already written for the new super and fab 5. Vote 2012

July 15, 2011 at 2:12 a.m.
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