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A dispute over a speeding ticket issued in Willow Park two months ago may or may not be going to trial.
Ashlee Michelle Mitchell, a Weatherford ISD school bus driver for Durham School Services, was ticketed for driving her bus 22 mph over the speed limit while on duty in Willow Park. According to court documents, children were on the bus when Mitchell was stopped by police.
Sources at Willow Park City Hall said it's not clear whether or not the children on the bus were students.
Mitchell will meet with Willow Park City Prosecutor Jim Minter tonight in municipal court. She could either take a plea deal which would put points on her chauffeur's license and cause her to pay a total of $173.10 in fees and fines or she could choose to take the case to court.
In lieu of the news, Weatherford ISD Superintendent Deborah Cron said the incident causes "great concern" not only for the school district, but for parents as well.
"We would hope that our bus drivers would follow the laws of the state," Cron added.
The Weatherford ISD is contracted with Durham School Services for school bus transportation. Gerald Exman, general manager of Durham School Services in Weatherford, said reprimands "depend on the circumstances" when bus drivers receive a speeding ticket while on duty.
Exman said the company follows state requirements. A driver's license is suspended in Texas after two excessive speeding tickets (speeds over 15 mph) in a 36 month period.
"Kids have no bearing on a ticket," Exman said.
He would not confirm if Mitchell was suspended or reprimanded for her ticket. All Exman said was that the situation was "handled according to Durham policies."