Safety is of the highest priority for Scott County Schools. To ensure the safety and well-being of students, Superintendent Patricia Putty recently requested an audit of Scott County Schools Department of Transportation which was conducted January 7-8, 2013 by the Kentucky Department of Education.
The transportation audit is part of the ongoing efforts of Scott County Schools to continually improve school safety protocols. While similar audits are conducted throughout the state periodically, districts have the option to request a transportation audit as a proactive measure to identify areas of strength and areas of needed improvement.
We are happy to report positive results for Scott County Schools, as released in the preliminary report of the Kentucky Department of Education Student Tracking and Transportation Branch. Categories under review include driver training, maintenance, communication procedures, mapping and collaboration with schools.
Driver training records were considered exemplary. Four of the seven buses identified for minor repairs had work completed prior to the exit interview and the buses were returned to service. The other three buses were not being used to transport children at the time of the audit and since then have been fixed or are in the process of being repaired. Proper procedures are in place for purchasing and communication in the event of severe weather.
“Overall, the Scott County School District Transportation Department is operating at an efficient and safe level. Most areas that need improvement were addressed and the deficiencies eliminated while the KDE team was on site. Scott County Public Schools is doing an outstanding job of providing students a safe ride to and from school,” wrote Cheri Meadows, Manager of the Student Tracking and Transportation Branch.
Work has already started to address areas of needed improvement identified by the audit. Minimal concerns related to school loading and unloading zones have been addressed through driver training. District administrators are in the process of implementing an electronic parts inventory to assist with the maintenance aspect of the transportation department.
This transportation audit is another example of continuous improvement for Scott County Schools. Our buses travel more than a million miles each year carrying precious cargo. The safety of school buses is a top priority.