Changes on the way for DCSS residential mobility and staff?

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The Dougherty County School Transportation Committee met Monday morning to review potential changes to the school's transportation system.

The Dougherty County School Board has the largest transportation department in Southwest Georgia and officials are looking to change the system.

One way they are looking at changing the system is converting one district manager to fleet manager, converting one district manager position to operations manager position, and there will be internal interviews for this position. This will be followed by renaming two district manager positions to supervisor positions.

"The fleet manager will be in charge of the mechanics, the operations, the maintenance of all of the buses and white fleet vehicles, the grounds the training of all mechanics and such," said Kenneth Williams, DCSS Transportation Director.

He says with Georgia leading the nation in student fatalities, this concept will be more efficient in making sure buses are running on all cylinders and all bus drivers are properly trained.

If this measure is approved, it could save money for the school system.

"We have identified about a million dollars, maybe a million four that we can save with transportation without hurting the operation at all," said Dr. David Mosely, DCSS Interim Superintendent.

School officials are also considering the option of creating two positions to address disciplinary actions that happen on the bus route. They believe this, in addition to the recently purchased DVR units, will help save supervisors time during the day.

Officials plan to consult the personnel and finance department about the reorganization and make a vote at the next meeting.

Also on the agenda was the subject of residential mobility.

Residential mobility has to go says one transportation official. He says if mobility is eliminated officials, will have have a better fill of their zones and the bus drivers can be used to transport students from schools that are set to close.

Residential mobility came as a measure to help students who change residential locations during the year. The idea was that by busing them back to their original school, they wouldn't have to change schools and their grades wouldn't be affected. This is not to be confused with magnet mobility where kids are bused to magnet schools.

Schools officials say they have not received any updates or statistics on how the residential mobility program is working.

Assistant Superintendent Kenneth Goseer says residential mobility is costly. School officials stated during Monday's meeting, they should see what's its doing for children as far as grades, etc.

Board member Lane Price asked if transportation officials will be ready by the May meeting to present information about residential mobility statistics.

Kenneth Goseer says people has to understand that the system is considering ending residential mobility, not magnet mobility. He says if this measure is taken, it should be something that happens over the summer.

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