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Wilson County News
June 12, 2013 | 5,931 views | 27 comments

FLORESVILLE -- Officials from both the Floresville Independent School District (ISD) and its former bus-service vendor, Student Transportation Specialists (STS), have offered responses to a KSAT-12 TV news story featured on the network’s 10 p.m. broadcast June 3.

Brian Mylar reported that transportation employees sent KSAT photographs from a fiesta-themed party held in the district’s bus barn in Floresville April 19. The party was sponsored by the bus company and was attended by employees, including Transportation Supervisor Steven “Beaver” Wallace. One of the pictures depicts Floresville ISD Superintendent Jerry Lee Hunkapiller taking a swing at a piñata while holding a young child.

Hunkapiller, in a letter furnished to the Wilson County News, said candy poured from the piñata at first. But when others struck it, feminine products, condoms, and other items of a sexual nature fell out.

A letter signed by an STS employee identifying himself as Gilbert Arbizu and 25 of his coworkers indicates that the workers now realize that the contents of the piñata “were of bad taste.”

“I want to ensure (sic) you that neither Dr. Jerry Hunkapiller nor Mr. Beaver Wallace knew of or consented to the sexual items being placed in the piñata,” Arbizu wrote.

In Hunkapiller’s letter, the superintendent apologizes to the community and expresses embarrassment over what occurred.

“The event that occurred is inexcusable,” he wrote. “This story embarrassed not only me personally, but my precious wife Wendy, my boys Blade, Gage, Bryce, Grayson, Briggs, and most importantly it embarrassed all of you.”

Hunkapiller’s letter also addressed questions raised in the story over two buses that Wallace sold to the district. The superintendent said Wallace purchased two 1997 Thomas buses, repainted them and installed new engines, seat covers, and more, then sold them to the district for $9,000 each. Hunkapiller contends that Wallace did not profit from the transaction, as documentation from Longhorn Bus Sales indicates that the buses each have a value of $23,000 to $25,000.

Comparable new buses, according to Longhorn representative Butch Braziel’s letter, would cost approximately $145,000 each. This and the letter from the transportation staff can ve viewed with this story online.

STS for many years managed Floresville ISD’s student-transportation system, hiring and managing its own employees who utilize equipment and facilities owned by the district. As of June 7, the STS employees were retained by the district, following an April decision by the district’s board of trustees for the district to manage its own transportation.

For the full text of Hunkapiller’s letter, see page 7A.
 

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Finders  
Again  
July 20, 2013 12:10am
 
He didn't give himself a raise, the school board approved the raise for him and not a raise for teachers/staff. Want to point a finger, point it at those school board members.

 
millsap girl  
July 18, 2013 2:28pm
 
I think that was the amout of raise he gave himself; but I do know he walked away with some sort of severence.

 
Hometown Dad  
Floresville  
July 15, 2013 8:24pm
 
$10,000? Is that his severance?

 
millsap girl  
July 15, 2013 2:39pm
 
I will have to say; I told you so! all of you people who attacked me and said I had some sort of axe to grind... maybe you all will learn to listen to the voice of experiencein the future. I had all of Jerry Lee Hunkapillar that ... More ›

 
Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
June 25, 2013 6:46pm
 
Big Sis, yes they do. But who elects the school board? Those are the ones who ultimately should hold themselves responsible. The constituents are victims of their own apathy. It's not just in regard to the school board -- look ... More ›

 
Big Sis  
Floresville  
June 25, 2013 5:32pm
 
You can believe the school board shares in this responsibility.....they are the ones who contract out for a committee to elect a new superintendent....why can't they do their job and look for, interview, and make the selection ... More ›

 
Jane Q Citizen  
Wilson Co  
June 23, 2013 5:15am
 
Why did the board approve such a raise? Why didn't employees get a raise at the same time he got one. Why did he get a raise first? Sounds like he is not the only one that has some questions to answer. Did he embarrass the board?

 
TigerLily  
Floresville  
June 22, 2013 4:02pm
 
His final response, "I QUIT".

 
William J. Gibbs Jr.  
WCN  
June 21, 2013 12:21pm
 
http://www.wilsoncountynews.com/article.php?id=51853&n=top-stories-hunkapiller-resign-floresville-isd

 
Ex-Tiger  
CA  
June 21, 2013 11:48am
 
Has anyone stopped to think that maybe the condoms and feminine products might be of good use. Not sure how you would find these products offensive. They sell them over the counter.

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