MONONGALIA COUNTY SCHOOLS FAILS TO PROVIDE BUS SERVICE FOR STUDENTS
This morning, parents were met with the following notice:
Monongalia County Schools: General Announcement
10-5-12 Bus 223 is not running his AM run (Cassville area, River Rd & Hidden Valley)
Just yesterday, the Dominion Post appropriately and finally editorialized:
Time to get hands on the wheel
“…students who are bused to schools far and near for their education are being advised to first determine whether or not their bus route has been cancelled from one day to another. …these bus routes should never be subject to such circumstances. Icy roads, blizzards, flooding, traffic accidents, we understand, can cancel bus routes. But random shortages of certified drivers, no. …the Monongalia County Board of Education (BOE) [needs]…to provide a long overdue solution … salaries and benefits packages being offered to our bus drivers are not just not competitive, they are seemingly puny. …the county ended the past fiscal year on a very positive note. That would appear to be one place the BOE might be able to start weighing in with a solution.”
Bravo! a long overdue editorial – albeit soft-pedaled.
The Dominion Post editors appeared rightly alarmed by the bizarre letter sent out a week or two earlier by Mon Schools Superintendent Devono stating that students could no longer depend on the school district to provide transportation. Monongalia County School students now need to check every day to see if a bus will be available for them.
A day before its editorial, the Dominion Post reported the equally alarming words of Mon Schools Supervisor of Transportation Paul Christopher who in trying to explain a busing shortage told the newspaper that family member deaths of five bus drivers occurring over a two week span just could not be planned for. Clue-bus to Supervisor Christopher and Mon Schools: Multiple family emergencies over the span of two weeks do happen, sometimes on a fairly regular basis.
As we stated over a year ago in “Bus Driver Shortage: No Way Around It – Need To Raise The Pay, Improve Conditions” (August 22, 2011), Mon Schools transportation needs to fix its glaringly obvious fundamental problems. This of course is the responsibility and the failure of the current ridiculous and largely incompetent school board, school administration, and bus supervision:
[The busing fiascos result from] a failure of funding and [substandard] workplace conditions. Note to Mon Schools, address them both and you’ll get your drivers. Driving young children to school is an important job, it’s extremely valuable, a vital service, and here are the kickers: it’s difficult and poorly paid. The job pays like crap. That’s the main problem. The conditions are trying and the hours are awkward, split up as they are. It’s a tricky job. These aren’t half-empty Mountain Line buses carrying self-sufficient adults and navigating main roads. School buses in Monongalia County are loaded with needy children navigating narrow and steep twisting back roads. Not easy. Hugely important. So Mon Schools not only should but ever more obviously needs to pay the drivers well and needs to listen to them and act on their needs, and ought to stop making useless excuses for why these difficult positions can’t get staffed…
Mon Schools pays its Superintendents a relative awful lot of money for their doing such a – what’s the vernacular? – piss-poor job.
See a number of other posts on the busing transportation fiasco long since ongoing in Monongalia County Schools:
DELIVERY TIME TOO EMBARRASSING TO SHOW
TIME TO END THE NEGLIGENCE AND THE RIDICULOUS EXCUSES
THE BUS WORKERS IN STRUGGLE WITH MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION
DOING THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE
BUSING WITHOUT A CLUE
BUS CRASH – WHY EVERY STUDENT NEEDS A SEAT
THE ENDURING INCOMPETENCE OF MONONGALIA COUNTY SCHOOLS ADMINISTRATION
WHEN WEATHER HITS AND TRAFFIC SNARLS
NEGLECT UPON NEGLECT FOR THE AYP TEST PROFICIENT SCHOOL
FOUL SITE, FOUL TRAFFIC