Ellie Whitesell has recorded several videos of motorists illegally passing buses as students unload at her daughter’s stop, and has sent them to the local school district, law enforcement officials and lawmakers.
Pay raises, a 40-hour work week and attendance bonuses are key factors in Metro Nashville Public Schools’ new plan to address school bus driver recruitment and retention.
Joshua Hinerman is Robertson County Schools’ new supervisor of transportation. He plans to use his school transportation and human resources experience to help the transportation department shine, he says.
The bus was stopped in front of a high school in Tennessee when both of the back wheels and axle broke away, but no students were hurt. The bolt that connects the vehicle springs was broken, authorities say.
A driver in Tennessee apparently blacked out and lost control of the bus, and it then jumped the curb and flipped over. The driver and aide were the only passengers aboard.
Officials at the Tennessee school district say that the one-time bonus recognizes the drivers' extra work that has been caused by understaffing.
A shortage of nearly 150 school bus drivers is expected to impact about a quarter of the bus routes at Metro Nashville (Tenn.) Public Schools.
The contractor donated a newly retrofitted school bus to Knowledge Quest, an educational non-profit organization in Tennessee. Bridgestone Tires donated new tires for the bus.
Jerry Partlow returns to Wilson County Schools after the firing of Tiffany Lowery, who held the transportation director position for less than a year.
Charles Ramey Jr., who was removed from the Knox County (Tenn.) Schools eligibility roster after an investigation found he was texting while driving a bus, says he picked up the phone, read a message from his employer and put the phone down.
Autopsy results show that James Davenport, who was injured in the crash, died later of natural causes but was on several medications at the time of his death. However, earlier toxicology reports showed that he did not have drugs in his system at the time of the crash.
A killer. That’s essentially what texting can become when it coincides with driving. That point was tragically reinforced by a fatal school bus crash in Knoxville, Tennessee, according to the police investigation.
Investigators find that school bus driver James Davenport was distracted by texting during the time leading up to the Dec. 2 crash that killed three. Davenport died on June 1.