This weeks embarrassment for the Clayton County School System


In Jonesboro Municipal Court Thursday, a Clayton County Schools bus driver pleaded no contest to charges of disorderly conduct and leaving a motor vehicle unattended.

Even so, Municipal Court Judge Steve Lister –– after reading over the documents in the case –– bound it over to Clayton County State Court, to allow the solicitor general to determine whether the charges against Sheira Boyce, 47, are appropriate. The judge said he was concerned about the charges, but did not elaborate.

On Oct. 7, Boyce was cited by an off-duty Jonesboro police officer for allegedly leaving about 20 students alone on an idling school bus, for about 20 minutes, according to a police department incident report. Officer Mark Carpenter was working a part-time job as a patrol officer for the school system when he spotted the bus full of students, with no bus driver, according to Major Tim Jessup, interim police chief for the Jonesboro Police Department. The incident occurred at the Perry Learning Center, located at 137 Spring St., according to the incident report. Carpenter said, while he and a school administrator waited at the bus, Boyce eventually came out of the school with a female juvenile, whom Boyce said she had needed to discipline, according to the report.

Carpenter said he then wrote a citation for the charge of unattended motor vehicle, which, he said, Boyce refused to sign with “[an] attitude.”