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Pinellas County School Board and Transportation require children to walk up to 2 miles to their bus stop on dangerous roads by known predators. There are over 300 missing children in the State of Florida.
Children ages 9 through 16 walking alone are the prey of choice for sexual predators. Even with Safety Training children are abducted. Most employers will not let parents off of work to retrieve their children from these bus stops. Let's keep our children safe!
On March 18, 2003, some members of the Sumner County Board of Education showed a willingness to cut new programs in order to maintain employee salaries and benefits should local revenues fall short of needs. One of these targeted programs was the Merrol N. Hyde Magnet School, scheduled to open in the Fall of 2003. A drawing has already been conducted to select the magnet school students and these selected students were requested to sign a form of intent to attend the magnet school in lieu of their normally zoned school.
This petition is part of a grass-roots effort by concerned citizens of Sumner County to convince the Board that discontinuing plans for the magnet school at this time are an unacceptable risk to those already slated to attend, as well as to the community at large based on the impact to future economic development should the magnet school be delayed.