2008.05.07 Russ Griggs

Written by David Green.

It is that time of year when we want to tell our bus drivers how much we appreciate them. They are special people who get up early and check the buses and vans to make sure they are safe to transport your children each day.

They are the first and last people to represent the school each day. They know each child by name and in some cases know their grandparents, aunts and child care provider as notes come in requesting a change in where they get off the bus. That is why notes are so important.

Students are not dropped at a location without a note from the parent or guardian. Parents are fortunate as we allow them to be dropped at a different location with a note. Some school districts have changed their policy and only allow one pickup and drop for the whole year.  

Gorham Fayette is a small district but we still provide the same transportation as the large school districts. This year we transport students to six different schools in addition to our district. If a child is placed in a special unit in another district we are required to provide transportation.  We also transport our students that attend Four County Career Center. It can be challenging as everyone has a different school calendar that we must follow.  

We have four bus drivers and one van driver who drive daily. We drive an average of 578 miles a day.  That equals almost 103,000 miles a school year. In addition last year we traveled an additional 12,692 miles for summer school, athletic runs, field trips and an elementary after-school program. The cost of fuel has played a major role in the transportation budget. We see no relief in the near future. We try to save miles whenever possible.

When you see our drivers, thank them for the job they do.  They are required extensive training and yearly classes to stay current with state requirements.

Our drivers are Ryan Eberly, Carolee Hartman, Ivy Kunkle, Cheryl Shaffer and Wendi Wyatt.

–  Gorham-Fayette Administrative staff

Russ  Griggs, superintendent

 

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