In order to make the transportation department more efficient, the Dougherty County Board of Education voted to eliminate two district manager positions and restructure how the entire system runs during their meeting on Monday evening.
"Going away from the four-district concept will allow us to concentrate more on our drivers and drivers' training and ensure that we are providing the best operations," said transportation director Kenneth Williams.
By downsizing the amount of personnel, the department will save roughly $89,000 per year but say they'll still be able to focus on the students. The board also voted to allow the department to add five new buses to their fleet this summer if the state purchases bonds that will cover the costs.
"The bottom line with the transportation department is it has to be more streamlined, more efficient, more cost-effective, more quality in the productivity of getting students to and from schools," said interim superintendent Dr. David C. Mosely.
Also during the meeting the board heard from a couple whose sick son barely missed graduating from Westover High School because of one section on a standardized test and couldn't participate in graduation because of a policy stating all graduation requirements must be met to walk. After much discussion, the board voted to change that policy.
"A student with a serious illness that has not completed the graduation requirements will be able to participate in the graduation ceremonies," said Dr. Mosely.
His emotional family says with his treatments set to begin in just a few weeks, they're not sure when he'll be able to re-take the test, so walking at graduation is a big deal.