Just two weeks removed from a failed transition to a new bus system that was deemed a “colossal failure”, the Leon County School Board opened their Tuesday meeting with praise for the leadership of Superintendent Hanna.
The LCS Board, since the problems with bus system transition were first revealed, has chosen not to challenge or question Hanna’s description of events that led to the crisis.
While accepting responsibility, Hanna aggressively blamed EDULOG – ultimately firing the vendor – and removed Transportation Director, Manny Joanos.
At Tuesday’s meeting, LCS Board members Joy Bowen, Roseanne Wood, Daryl Jones and Dee Dee Rasmussen applauded Hanna’s leadership.
Bowen did allude to learning from the past and encouraged Hanna to have more people involved in future decisions.
Rasmussen succinctly said the vendor “let us down.”
It appears there will be no substantive investigation into why a program that has successfully been implemented in districts around the country ran into problems in Leon County. The new system was sold as a technology upgrade that would increase student safety and save approximately $1 million.
Superintendent Hanna indicated to the Board that he will “move slow to move fast” in trying to upgrade the transportation system which he has previously described as inefficient and technology challenged.
Hanna ended the transition to the new bus system on Wednesday, just two days after the start of school. In a press conference he apologized to parents and made the decision to go back to the old bus system.