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February 12, 2013

School bus operators discuss concerns

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

Board Chair John Jackson, District 4, said a system-wide notification will be sent to inform all personnel about the availability of a 15 percent discount with area cell phone carriers.

To handle student discipline issues taking place on school buses, a committee, including Wilson, will come up with protocols and procedures to follow.

“There are kids that ride one bus and then start riding another bus. There is no roster or checklist to keep track of these kids,” Wilson said. “It goes back to having an efficient administration.”

Wilson also explained the need for the state and county to help with the cost of employee insurance.

“The state decided to no longer pay for insurance benefits for classified employees. The cost of local tax payers in each school system continues to rise; this year we’re short of $5,200 ... and the school system has to pick up the cost,” Charping said. “Every employee has a cost, but everybody is the same depending on what coverage they pick.”

The school board unanimously agreed to have a written response to all of the concerns discussed Monday within 30 days.

“As I look at the incentives, I think you’ve come up with some great ideas,” Jackson said. “We thank everybody in this room for showing their support and your voice is being heard.”

The school board will convene at 5:30 p.m. today at the board office for their regular meeting.

“We’re hoping and praying that the school board heard our voice and will not dismiss us,” Wilson said after the meeting. “I hope they make sure to give us what we need so this job will be attractive for someone between the age of 25 and 45, and not 70 year-old who is retired and already has another form of income.”

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