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Bus driver resigns over not reporting sexual behavior

By TIMES WIRES
Published March 21, 2007


INVERNESS

Don Allender, the bus driver who got into trouble for failing to report several incidents of sexual behavior among students, has decided to resign in lieu of termination. Allender, 64, appeared before the School Board to challenge his firing last month. An internal investigation found that he violated district policy by not telling his supervisors about a 10th-grader who flashed her breasts at him and at other passengers on his bus. In another incident Allender didn't report, the same girl performed oral sex on a teenage boy while other students on the bus watched. Allender did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday. District administrator Dave Stephens said Allender decided to resign in part because "he wants this to go away." In a statement to the district, Allender expressed regret for not reporting the incidents to supervisors but denied some student allegations. School officials have declined to say whether any students were disciplined, including the 10th-grader, because of confidentiality rules.

COUNTYWIDE

Fair schedule

Here's a look at the schedule today at the Citrus County Fair. The fairgrounds are at 3600 S Florida Ave. (U.S. 41), Inverness.

General admission ages 12 and older, $5; ages 6 to 11, $3; ages 5 and younger, free

5 p.m. Midway opens

-Exhibit buildings open

-Citrus Shrine Club clowns, Jacobs Building

-Citrus Railroad Exhibit, Otto Allen Building

-Johnson's Exotic Petting Zoo and Pony Rides, livestock area along U.S. 41

-Charles and Yvonne Veit, organ grinder and monkey

5:30 p.m. Elite Dance Force, auditorium

-Tall Tex, strolling act

6:30 p.m. Wash Board Willy, strolling act

-Savannah Brooks and Halee McBeth, Jessica and Ashlee Felsentreger, auditorium

7 p.m. Youth Steer Show, livestock complex

7:15 p.m. Oscar the Robot, strolling act

7:30 p.m. Dick Garbig, auditorium

8 p.m. Tall Tex, strolling act

8:30 p.m. Darva Amos, auditorium

-Wash Board Willy, strolling act

8:45 p.m. Oscar the Robot, strolling act

9:15 p.m. Tall Tex, strolling act

10 P.M. EXHIBIT BUILDINGS CLOSE

HOMOSASSA

Homosassa park plans monthly bird walk

Birds can be viewed during the monthly bird walk at 8 a.m. Saturday along the Pepper Creek Trail of Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd. An experienced birder leads the walk; participants should bring viewing equipment and bird guide. Meet at the park's visitor entrance at 7:45 a.m. The walk and return by boat are free. Call Susan Strawbridge at 628-5343, ext. 102.

SUMTERVILLE

Electric co-op annual meeting Saturday

Sumter Electric Cooperative will conduct its annual meeting Saturday on the grounds of its co-op headquarters. Registration is from 8:30 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. business meeting. Registered members receive a gift and will be eligible for the cash raffles and prizes awarded at the end of the business meeting. Refreshments will be served and entertainment will be provided by the Humdingers, a barbershop quartet, and local talent playing country music. Members will be able to see a wide variety of displays in the technology tent.