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Follow up to the Glen Rose ISD employee that was DWT (Driving While Texting) and changes that GRISD has done since

11 September 2010 at 4:40:42 PM

About a month ago I posted about someone driving a Glen Rose ISD car while texting here after watching them almost drive off the road twice!

Since then, I did an open records request to determine who it was that was actually driving the car. The result of that open records request, posted here, shows that the person probably driving the vehicle that day was Robin Hefner, you can look up Glen Rose ISD employees here. I say probably because the records do not show which person checked out which vehicle, which I did bring to the attention of GRISD in the email thread below where they said they were changing their policy.

From: Paul Harper

How do you know which vehicle was taken out by which person?
To: Paul Harper

The log is initiated by the Transportation Dept. based upon the request of a vehicle by an employee.  The Transportation Coordinator assigns a vehicle to the request based upon availability.  You were previously provided with a list of those vehicles.
From: Paul Harper

Let me rephrase what I am asking with an example…
teacher x and teacher y both ask for cars, both are provided cars (520 and 521 let’s say), and both are headed towards Dallas on the same day 15 minutes apart with one who is going ultimately to Mesquite. Car 520 is found on the side of the road empty in Keene, how does GRISD know which teacher is missing? That information does not appear in the checkout log provided to me….I see a teacher checked out a car, but I do not know which car each teacher has.
To: Paul Harper

After an employee turns in a vehicle request, the transportation department assigns them a vehicle based upon availability.   Currently, the vehicle assignments are not recorded on the vehicle request.  The transportation department has knowledge of which vehicle is assigned to a particular person but keeps no written record. 

     We are currently revising this procedure and will implement changes that will include the district assigned number for each vehicle assigned to a particular employee, to be included on the vehicle request form.

I also went ahead and grabbed a list of the vehicles while I was at it, did you know Glen Rose ISD owns and maintains 20 vehicles? I did not follow through with Mr. Rotan to find out what happend to Robin Hefner but I did hear from another teacher that says all the teachers recently, on or about August 16th during a mandatory inservice meeting, were told about the line in the handbook (it was even on a slide in the powerpoint presentation) which says...

Use of School District Vehicles Executive Order 13513 effective October 1, 2009 prohibits employees traveling with Federal funds from sending, receiving text messages or checking email while driving. Since Glen Rose ISD does receive Federal funds, employees in traveling status while conducting school business should refrain from using cell phones while driving or using a school vehicle.

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1 - salon   12 Oct 2010 @ 9:52:34 AM 

Someone told me that yesterday GRISD gave out an update to policy regarding this, in a meeting for the school staff,  and used the person above as the example of why not to text and drive while operating school vehicles. A note that this driver was seen  driving a vehicle and texting BECAUSE Paul Harper was travelling, coincidentally, the same way on the same road.  I'm glad to know that GRISD thought it was important enough to emphasize.

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