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DCSS Transportation committee hears restructuring proposal

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Dougherty County School System Transportation/Safety Committee on Monday heard a proposal from Transportation Chief Kenneth Williams to restructure the department.

Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely has been urging Williams and consultant Jack Willis to streamline the department's organizational structure to save money and make it "leaner and meaner."

"We are currently in a period of change," Williams said. "Transportation departments all over the state are undergoing change with emphasis on student safety and saving money."

Williams then presented a new organizational chart to the committee. The department currently uses four 'zone supervisors' (for Albany, Monroe, Dougherty and Westover) to ensure timely service, deal with problems and disciplinary issues on the system's 158 buses.

The new structure would eliminate the four zone supervisor's positions, and create fleet and operations managers slots. That way Williams would have just two positions reporting directly to him instead of four.

"We need to dismantle the current structure and make it more streamlined and efficient," Williams said.

In other discussions, the committee looked at the mobility program which was initiated by the school board in 2008.

The residential mobility program allows students who start the year at a particular school to remain in that school after moving anywhere in the county. The district will transport those students which can lead to early morning bus rides and added transportation costs for the nearly 800 students who now take advantage of the program.

"Mobility needs to go," Willis said. "We've created a monster and now we have to feed it."

Mosely has speculated that ending residential mobility could save the district more than $1 million per year.

Students enrolled in magnet schools, however, would not be effected.

"Mobility is not an efficient use of our transportation resources and needs to be looked at," Willis said.

In other matters, School Police Chief Troy Conley's request for six new Dodge Charger police cruisers to replace some of the department's aging vehicles was not received well by the committee.

The six vehicles, with required police modifications, would cost the district more than $150,000. Committee member Lane Price asked Conley to look at the repairing the existing vehicles.

"I really can't make any comment on the matter right now," Conley said after being rebuffed for the fifth time for new vehicles.

He told the committee he would look into the costs of repairs, but added "these vehicles are worn out and at the end of the line."

Comments

MRKIA 1 year, 4 months ago

DCSS POLICE VEHICLES SHOULD NOT HAVE TO TRAVEL BEYOND THE PERIMETER OF THE SCHOOL. WHY DOES THE DCSS PD NEED HIGH PERFORMANCE DODGE CHARGER PURSUIT VEHICLES?

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dingleberry 1 year, 4 months ago

They don't, just a case of boys wanting to play with bigger toys like those outside the sandbox have. .

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FryarTuk 1 year, 4 months ago

"The residential mobility program allows (800) students who start the year at a particular school to remain in that school after moving anywhere in the county. "

Incredible! Just could never understand how the Board bought into that plan. Thank you Mr. Williams, Mr. Willis & Mr. Mosley for fixing it.

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dingleberry 1 year, 4 months ago

Make a move when the rent comes due and Sheniqua Moniqua can still stay in class with her girl friends and the baby daddie. But isn't this something else we owe to those suffering the pangs of poverty, as the rest of us toil to stay out of poverty?

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Ihope4albany 1 year, 4 months ago

For the love of eveyone, Dingleberry. You are way out of order. What happened when the judges and high profilers raped the forebears of Sheniqua Moniqua and sent them off so no one would know they were baby daddies.

There is so much to be uncovered that will shed all the light in the world on these current day issues. For all we know, you have some invisible baby daddies hanging around in your trees too.

I don't have hope for today on this one other than God cleaning up this mess that humans have made once again!!!!!!!

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whattheheck 1 year, 4 months ago

So we continue to pay for what happened to others done by others forever? In other words, no matter how much money we put out and how many years pass and how many gov't programs are undertaken, we still have to pay for sins others committed to people who were not even born. Sorry, the guilt died many years ago and now it is a matter of vote buying.

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AuntieDee 1 year, 4 months ago

You tell him hope. His forefathers and his buddies loved sipping blackberry wine. Funny though,how they always making fun of Sheniqua in public but always sneaking in her back door.

He'd Better be careful though. Sheniqua may be related to him. That blackberry wine was so good to so many of them, especially President Thomas Jefferson. He became baby daddie to 7 of Sally's children. Not to mention all the other Presidents who loved the taste of blackberries.

Just go ahead Dingle berry and put Sheniqua on your plantation and get Blackberry juice you want.

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Thurman 1 year, 4 months ago

Why does a DCSS police officer even need a "company car"? IF an officer is assigned to an individual school they should drive a POV to work as everyone else does. IF an officer has to monitor more than one school, hire more officers as needed, they can drive their POV to work as we do. What happens when there is an incident at one school, do all the DCSS officers respond from their respective school to the incident location? If so, this is not right. The Albany and/or DoCo police should be responding at the school officers request.

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 4 months ago

Wow, Thurman, if they involved Albany or DoCo Law Enforcement, they wouldn't be able to hide certain things from the media.

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