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Attorney threatens to sue PBC schools over bus issue

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A local attorney takes matters into his own hands to solve the nightmare he's been having with ongoing bus issues.

Andrew Blasi of Jupiter told school officials to fix his son's bus route or he was going to sue.

In an email obtained by Newchannel 5 Blasi said, “You are recklessly and/or negligently placing my child at needless risk.”

Blasi says his son, a student at Bak Middle School, was assigned a bus stop about 2 miles away from his home.

The stop is located at Military Trail and Heritage Drive. To get home, Blasi’s son has to cross Donald Ross Road.

“How dare you compel my young child and the others to transit on foot across a major six-lane thoroughfare without the benefit of a crossing guard,” Blasi stated in his email.

“If the situation is not corrected, and my child not removed from harm's way, by the end of next week that it is my present intention to file suit against the School Board, including a demand for immediate injunctive relief to prevent a potential, festering tragedy from occurring.”

Chief Operating Officer Mike Burke responded to Blasi on Saturday; they changed the route over the weekend.

On Monday, Superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa released this statement in response to the issues.

The District’s leadership continues to work diligently on fixing transportation issues. The District’s buses have reached the comparable on-time benchmark from last year.

“Meeting the benchmark is not acceptable,” said Superintendent Robert Avossa, Ed.D. “We are changing a transportation department that has been underperforming for many years. Changes and improvements are not going to happen overnight, but I am committed to providing a high level of service.” 

The District revised routes on Thursday and Friday, and worked with drivers throughout the weekend to make additional changes. As a result of those weekend meetings, teams of routing technicians began to meet today with individual drivers to process their suggested revisions. These meetings will continue throughout the week to ensure that all drivers have an opportunity to seek changes to their routes, and those changes will be processed immediately.

Read the email Attorney Andrew Blasi sent to the school:

Greeting, Mr. Davis, Mr. Brown and Concerned Others (hopefully):

Ms. Gonnello was kind enough to copy my wife and I with her email below. My child, Alexander Blasi, is one of the three "New Haven" students to which she has made reference in her email. You are recklessly and/or negligently placing my child and the other two children at needless risk for their personal safety. There is a high burden imposed when one places their minor children in the care, custody and control of others, and their welfare is not to be taken lightly or cavalierly. Let's also not overlook the needless stress and emotional distress that these students have been made to endure while trying to cope with the rigors of their respective curricula at BAK MSOA.  

So, while we all can appreciate that there may have been some "learning curve" issues at play here to be foreseen during the first few days of school, while "the kinks are getting worked out," enough is enough. While I generally accept my lot in life with a high degree of responsibility and do not use my particular skill set or access to the court system for personal gain or benefit, speaking for myself I can tell you that if the situation is not corrected, and my child not removed from harm's way, by the end of next week that it is my present intention to file suit against the School Board, including a demand for immediate injunctive relief to prevent a potential, festering tragedy from occurring. I will, of course, invite the other parents to participate in that legal action. How dare you compel my young child and the others to transit on foot across a major six-lane thoroughfare without the benefit of a crossing guard.

Consider yourselves forewarned.

Sincerely,  

Andrew B. Blasi




 

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