School system addressing transportation problems

FROM STAFF REPORTS :::

The first day of school for Griffin-Spalding School System students was met with a number of  transportation issues that are being  addressed.

Early this morning, a bus carrying two elementary students was hit by another vehicle. There were no injuries and no damage to the bus. The parent was notified and the students continued to school.

“Transportation staff has worked throughout the day on scheduling issues,” said Assistant Superintendent Jim Smith.  “The staff is doing a good job in a difficult situation.”

The issues included missed stops, late busses and not enough drivers. Anyone interested in becoming a school bus driver is encouraged to apply online at the district website, www.spalding.k12.ga.us

While issues are being addressed, it could take a few days to correct every issue.  “We appreciate your patience,” added Smith. “We are working as fast as we can.”

If your student’s bus is a half hour late, please consider calling transportation to determine the corrected time.

In central registration, lines were steady with parents completing the registration process.  Students must first register at the parent resource center at 234 E. Taylor Street before enrolling in their individual school.

“The start of a new school year is always exciting,” said Dr. Curtis Jones, Jr., superintendent.  “Just like every year there are issues to be addressed and worked out.  I appreciate the work that all our staff is doing to quickly and effectively resolve issues.”

The district expects over 10,000 students and has 650 classroom teachers in place.

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