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DCSS Transportation Committee sends items to full board

Consultant Jack Willis, left, and Dougherty County Schools Transportation Director Kenneth Williams meet with the DCSS Transportation Committee on Wednesday. The committee approved moving the purchase of seven new school buses before the full School Board. (May 22, 2013)

Consultant Jack Willis, left, and Dougherty County Schools Transportation Director Kenneth Williams meet with the DCSS Transportation Committee on Wednesday. The committee approved moving the purchase of seven new school buses before the full School Board. (May 22, 2013)

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Dougherty County School Board's Transportation Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to move several items to the full school board for final approval.

The committee voted to move the purchase of seven additional school buses when the state releases bond allocation money later next month. This move comes on the heels of the School Board approving the purchase of five new buses with SPLOST money earlier this month, boosting the total of new buses to 12.

DCSS Transportation Director Kenneth Williams said he would present bus specifics and the exact cost of each when the School Board meets Wednesday.

In addition, the committee approved the purchase of 92 DVR cameras to finish replacing the bus fleet's defective recording systems. The exchange cost is $690 per unit. The replacements will be paid for with SPLOST money.

The committee also approved Williams' recommendation to hire a temporary mechanic for six months from Albany Technical College.

A request to declare 26 old buses, seven vehicles and seven pieces of equipment surplus will also be sent to the board.

Williams presented the results of a one-day survey of illegal passing of stopped school buses in the county.

During that period, drivers reported 29 illegal passes in the morning, one at midday and 50 in the afternoon.

"We'd like for drivers in the county to be as sensitive as they can be to school bus stop signs," Transportation consultant Jack Willis said. "You never can tell when a kid will pop out of nowhere."

Comments

dingleberry 1 year, 2 months ago

I haven't heard the status of the transportation hub program that takes students to the school they started the year at regardless of where they later live. This has got to be costly. But I surely agree with the camera money since it seems we need them to protect the drivers from the little apples being transported and perhaps protect the little apples from themselves.

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Doc15 1 year, 2 months ago

I wonder which seven vehicles will be used as surplus. A few board meetings ago, Chief Troy Conley asked the school board to purchase Chevy Tahoes. After being shot down, he asked for Dodge Chargers. Seems to me if they didn't drive these cars on their personal time there wouldn't be a need to use tax dollars for senseless purchases.

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 2 months ago

Have you ever passed a school bus with the stop sign out and flashing? I havent... I cant believe 80 people passed Do. Co. busses in one day. Now, I have wanted to pass school buses that keep the yellow lights flashing as they go thru the neighborhoods stopping at each child's house. What has happened to bus stops?

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dwiggins6287 1 year, 2 months ago

Please look into the operations of DCSS Transportation System, it could definitely use some serious attention. Safety among other issues need to be addressed, staff needs training on how to address concerns of parents. The location of the HUB is awful!

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mc4 1 year, 2 months ago

I agree with dwiggins!! Since they hired the xmilitary man to be the Transportation Director the department has gone to hell in a hand basket! The Board better wihch him like a hawk - he is not what you think!

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