Hamilton County School Board focuses on transportation in meeting

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) – The Hamilton County School Board discussed transportation policy revisions in a work session Tuesday night.

Though nothing final has been made, the meeting provided an opportunity for school leaders to talk about possible changes.

Those included student transportation management, scheduling and routing, and the use of private vehicles.

“This is a large school district that operates a very significant budget and anytime you’re getting ready to make decisions that impact children you want to have dialogue around those prior to making final decisions and so what we engaged in today was very deep dialogue around decisions that need to be made for children,” Hamilton County Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson said.

Board members and the superintendent also got an update on a request for proposal for transportation services.

Durham School Services currently services around 165 bus routes.

Dr. Johnson said that contract is over at the end of the school year.

“We do request for proposals pretty regularly. Obviously, because of the tragedy and what has transpired in the system, you know, it’s one that we’re very sensitive to and understand what’s there and definitely make sure the board has had an opportunity to review that and obviously give input around that as well,” Dr. Johnson said.

Two years ago, this month, a school bus crashed in Hamilton County.

The crash killed six Woodmore Elementary students.

Durham School Services faced multiple lawsuits and the bus driver was convicted.

Dr. Johnson said that the board will likely have a first reading on transportation policy changes in December and a final reading in January.

He said the request for proposal will go out on December 7th.

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