After seven years serving as the General Manager of Transportation for Hillsborough County Public Schools, John Franklin has resigned.
The district will immediately conduct a nationwide search for his replacement. In the meantime, Chief Facilities Officer Chris Farkas will directly oversee the Transportation Department.
Franklin steered the Transportation Department through a very eventful time of change and challenges. The district currently is preparing a multifaceted plan to continue to make improvements in the Transportation Department based on input from a transportation consultant and our employees.
“We thank John Franklin for his tireless service, and wish him well in his new endeavors,’’ said Hillsborough School Superintendent MaryEllen Elia. “I have reiterated to our Transportation team that our goal remains unchanged – we work together to safely transport children every day.”
Students and staff at Hillsborough High School will learn the important role we all have in protecting our planet, at the school’s annual Earth Day celebration.
On Tuesday, April 22, from 10 a.m. until noon, the school’s Environmental Club and other students will join members of the Hillsborough High School alumni association.
The highlight of the event will be the grand finale, where 80 attendees will take part in a butterfly release. Each individual will receive an envelope with a colorful butterfly inside and will release them in unison. The beautiful butterflies will then become part of the school’s garden.
The event will take place in the school’s Positive Park, an award-winning garden on campus. Other activities include an Earth Box demonstration, an interactive teaching station with students as facilitators, and a Q & A session with Virginia Overstreet, master gardener from the Hillsborough County Extension Service.
For more information on the event, contact Grace Posada at 813-840-7064.
School Board Member April Griffin has scheduled a Community Town Hall meeting on Monday, April 14, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Covington Park Club House. The club house is located at 6806 Covington Garden Drive, Apollo Beach. Topics include Transportation and Exceptional Student Education (ESE). Other board members may also attend.