VIERA, Florida — During tonight’s Brevard County School Board meeting that begins at 5:30 p.m., BPS Superintendent Desmond Blackburn will face parents for the first time after it was revealed that he received a warning for running the stop arm of a stopped Brevard County school bus on March 27 in Melbourne, Florida.
The story garnered national attention and sparked outrage among Brevard County parents on social media.
Parents were particularly upset that not only did Blackburn show disregard for student safety, but he also escaped punishment by receiving only a warning rather than a ticket from the Melbourne Police Department.
The incident was also the first time that many parents became aware Brevard Public Schools provides Blackburn with a free SUV.
Blackburn has not responded to parents’ social media comments which now leaves tonight’s School Board meeting as the first opportunity for parents to confront Blackburn.
Just last month, Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed Blackburn to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission.