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School bus driver facing WP prosecutor tonight

July 13, 2010 by Dominic Genetti

A dispute over a speeding ticket issued in Willow Park two months ago may or may not be going to trial.

Ashlee Michelle Mitchell, a Weatherford ISD school bus driver for Durham School Services, was ticketed for driving her bus 22 mph over the speed limit while on duty in Willow Park. According to court documents, children were on the bus when Mitchell was stopped by police.

Sources at Willow Park City Hall said it's not clear whether or not the children on the bus were students.

Mitchell will meet with Willow Park City Prosecutor Jim Minter tonight in municipal court. She could either take a plea deal which would put points on her chauffeur's license and cause her to pay a total of $173.10 in fees and fines or she could choose to take the case to court.

In lieu of the news, Weatherford ISD Superintendent Deborah Cron said the incident causes "great concern" not only for the school district, but for parents as well.

"We would hope that our bus drivers would follow the laws of the state," Cron added.

The Weatherford ISD is contracted with Durham School Services for school bus transportation. Gerald Exman, general manager of Durham School Services in Weatherford, said reprimands "depend on the circumstances" when bus drivers receive a speeding ticket while on duty.

Exman said the company follows state requirements. A driver's license is suspended in Texas after two excessive speeding tickets (speeds over 15 mph) in a 36 month period.

"Kids have no bearing on a ticket," Exman said.

He would not confirm if Mitchell was suspended or reprimanded for her ticket. All Exman said was that the situation was "handled according to Durham policies."

Sports Calendar

Saturday, January 31

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Centennial/Everman (Light) at Aledo High School, B 12:00 pm.

Tuesday, February 3

  • Aledo Bearcats at Everman, JV 5:00 pm, A 6:30 pm and Varsity 8:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats at Everman, JV 5:00 pm, Varsity 6:30 pm and Freshmen 8 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo JV at Everman, Bearcats 5:30 pm and Ladycats 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Varsity vs. Everman at Bearcat Stadium, Ladycats 5:30 pm, Bearcats 7:00 pm. *District Game

Friday, February 6

  • Aledo Bearcats at Crowley, JV 5:00 pm, A 6:30 pm and Varsity 8:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats at Crowley, JV 5:00 pm, Varsity 6:30 pm and Freshmen 8:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Crowley at Bearcat Stadium, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats at Crowley, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

Saturday, February 7

  • Aledo Bearcats vs Centennial/Granbury (Light) at Everman, B 12:00 pm.

Tuesday, February 10

  • Aledo Bearcats vs Burleson at Aledo High School, JV 5:00 pm, A 6:30 pm and Varsity 8 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Burleson at Aledo High School, JV 5:00 pm, Varsity 6:30 pm and Freshmen 8:00 pm. *District Game & Senior Night

  • Aledo Bearcats at Burleson, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Burleson at Bearcat Stadium, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

Friday, February 13

  • Aledo Bearcats at Granbury, A 5:00 pm, JV 5:00 pm and Varsity 6:30 pm. *District Game

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