Editors Note: This was sent by email to parents who have children attending schools in the Wilson County Schools system. It was forwarded to The Wilson Post, and we thought our readers would be interested in it as well.
By JOSHUA HINERMAN
Director of Transportation,
Wilson County Schools
It is my pleasure to address all of you on the eve of this coming school year. It has been my hope that this summer has been enjoyable and edifying for everyone, and I look forward to working with all of you throughout the 2013-2014 year.
In light of the new school year, there are a few items I wish to communicate, to you, concerning new bus routes and data.
The 2013-2014 School year has seen an increase in students consisting of 500-1,000 new students for the entire school system. As a result, we have taken the necessary steps to accommodate such an increase. That is to say, we have changed several routes and moved drivers and buses accordingly. We have also been forced to downsize and consolidate several routes. Our routing coordinators have worked tirelessly this summer to prepare for the upcoming year and to situate all the changes needed. However, we concede that there are still many changes and additions to be made to our bus routes and, therefore, we are asking for your patience and consideration for the first few weeks as we work to assimilate everyone in to our system.
In order to accommodate you and any concerns that might arise, our routing coordinators will be available to answer any questions or address any concerns you might have. For any questions concerning routing, please contact either Laura McMurray or Wayne Hall. They can be reached Monday-Friday by phone at 443-2622, ext. 2107 for Laura and ext. 2105 for Wayne. However, for the fastest response, email is the preferred medium. Laura can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and Wayne can be reached at email@example.com.
You may also visit our Transportation Website by going to www.wcschools.com and click on Bus routes icon and then scroll down to the bottom of the Transportation Department page and click on the highlighted yellow text for immediate routing information. I would encourage all parents to visit this website before Aug. 1, as we have made many changes to the routes this school year. Again, for a more expedient response, email is the best option for contacting our routing coordinators.
We convey our sincere gratitude for your patience and consideration as we work to perfect the system and make this Department work for all of you and, more importantly, for the nearly 16,000 plus students who will utilize our educational and transportation services this year.
In closing, the first Yellow School Bus was developed in the 1930s as its own vehicular category. Previous pupil transporters existed as far back as 1837, but it wasnt until the 30s that the yellow school bus was developed as a type of its own rather than being adapted from existing vehicles.
Since then, participation in pupil transportation has increased so much so that today, nearly 53 percent of students in the United States utilize public transportation to get to and from school. We here at the Department of Transportation like to consider that a significant responsibility and we are honored to play a part in the education of this generation. This is an investment for us, and we are confident in the inevitable outcome.
Again, I would like to express to all of you, on behalf of our entire department, in saying thank you for all you do, and we are excited to embark on this New Year TOGETHER!