DOING THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE
Below, despite its strange first paragraph, is an October 19 memo from Mon Schools Director of Transportation that shows pressure and publicity can work. Mon Schools was forced to totally reverse course, retract its policy violation, and put in writing that no students may stand on buses.
This comes less than a month after the Director wrote a September 22 memo making standing on buses acceptable, which violates several Mon Schools Policy and Procedure statutes.
The transportation department still has a long way to go to correct scheduling to get the buses running on time, that is getting some children home even close to on time.
Continued unjustified attempts to blame the bus drivers for the organizational problems of the schedulers should also be documented and publicized.
The same goes for any attempts to undercut the bus drivers’ standing, individually or as a group.
Why aren’t the bus drivers managing the bus drivers? As a group, the bus drivers could manage their schedules and operations better than any lone director. They could even contract out for a consultant from time to time, if need be. Has the Director ever even driven a bus?
And why is it front-and-center news at Mon Schools website that the superintendent is state Superintendent of the Year while Lester Lemasters who won the national Children’s Choice School Bus Driver of the Year award receives no recognition there? (It’s actually a binational award because Canada is included.) Once again, Mon Schools shows that it has its priorities completely out of order.