HCSD invites school pageant reps for Peanut to meeting

Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 12:14 PM.

BONIFAY — Holmes County School District invited local school pageant winners, Miss Ponce de Leon Makala Hicks, Little Miss Ponce de Leon Layla Jackson and Little Miss Poplar Springs Erilyn Smith, to their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

“These girls are helping in representing our schools at the Miss National Peanut Festival Pageant,” said Superintendent Gary Galloway. “It’s a worth while experience. One that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.”

At the previous meeting of the HCSD held on Sept. 18, Holmes County resident Teresa Hamilton of Westville came before the Holmes County District School Board because of concerns she was having about where the bus stops to let her great-niece off and on.

“We have a problem,” said Hamilton. “The bus has been stopping at a particular spot for over 45 years without incident and now it’s been changed because they are saying it’s dangerous. How about it being dangerous dropping off a pre-schooler off at an empty house for two weeks.”

Hamilton explained that the old bus stop was at the bottom of a hill and the new one is at the top of a hill farther away from home.

School Board Chair Jason Motley said that the reason why they changed the location is because they had a log truck come in early one morning while the bus was loading and since it was on a hill the truck was having difficulty coming to a complete stop and there could have been an incident.

“I’m not in favor of changing the stop because I have a daughter that sometimes rides that bus and I’m aware of how dangerous that stop can be,” said Motley. “The first time the bus driver thought it was unsafe he reported it and then the Florida Highway Patrol went out to investigate and it was their recommendation that the location be changed.”

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