Transportation Meeting 1-9-20

Committee Holds First Meeting to Discuss Solutions to Transportation Challenges
Posted on 01/21/2020

Eleven parents and 16 Douglas County School System employees attended the first meeting of the transportation committee on Thursday, January 9. The meeting was held in the Board Room at the Central Office at 6:00 pm. Facilitator Garry Puetz, who has 23 years of experience in student transportation in Gwinnett, DeKalb, and Forsyth Counties, was also in attendance.

Transportation Committee Co-Chair Kwame Carr opened the meeting with an overview of the purpose of the committee and the timeline. He also made a presentation outlining the historical and current state of transportation in Douglas County along with ways other districts have handled concerns similar to ours. For the presentation, please click here.

Committee Co-Chair Pam Nail led the committee members in an activity. Attendees were divided into four groups and instructed to list possible solutions to our transportation challenges. Each group presented its list. Among the possible solutions listed were:

  • Implementing a full tiered system, with staggered start times for elementary, middle, and high school
  • Redistricting
  • Implementing designated stops
  • Revisiting bus routes
  • Making the community aware of the challenges and solutions
  • Bus driver cross training
  • Widening the gap between elementary start time and middle and high school start time
  • Implementing “Watch the Stop” to engage community involvement at bus stops
  • Re-examining recruiting practices
  • Offering overtime to teachers, paras, and/or school staff

Facilitator Garry Puetz shared some of the challenges and solutions that were implemented in districts where he worked.

At the next meeting in February, implications of implementing the proposed solutions will be discussed.

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