Rome Schools: ‘Rollin’ with RCS 2020′ targets Jan. 7 startup for student bus operations; some drivers hired; more sought; incentives on the table. Plus: School registration schedule.

Rome Schools: ‘Rollin’ with RCS 2020′ targets Jan. 7 startup for student bus operations; some drivers hired; more sought; incentives on the table. Plus: School registration schedule.

From a media release: The Rome City Schools Board of Education met for a special meeting on Monday to discuss personnel items and information regarding the new transportation program that will begin Jan. 7.

The “Rollin’ with RCS 2020” plan already is underway, said Superintendent Lou Byars as he offered the board some of the specific areas the system is currently focused on.

  • Central Office is now hiring new bus drivers and providing training opportunities for drivers already hired to start in 2020. Byars said that they have had success in filling the approximately 34 new positions that will come along with the system providing transportation for RCS students. “We still need to hire around 20 new drivers and we will be adding two new positions that will oversee the buses and the maintenance facility,” he says. “Those two new positions will be a person who will assist in planning the routes and managing the drivers, and the other position will serve as a director of the maintenance of the buses and the entire transportation department.
  • “We have added some incentives to our push to hire new drivers, like a competitive pay scale, several insurance options and the chance to pick up additional routes in the afternoon,” Byars says. ” …  we have added a $1,000 bonus for drivers that will be broken down into two parts. This is in place so that we can encourage our drivers to stay with us long term.”
  • The school system has been successful in hiring from outside of the area and will continue advertising the jobs until they are all filled.
  • Rome City Schools also qualified for a $77,000 rebate for one of their new buses. This money will be reimbursed from the state and supplement the budget allocated for the new buses. Also, the system is working with a fuel company that will offer a discounted rate for unleaded gasoline, further assisting with the cost of operating their own transportation services.
  • Byars said that the cost of operation will be comparable to the $1.5 million RCS has paid for transportation before taking over the operation.

Below are the  registration dates for all Rome City Schools. 

Anna K. Davie Elementary
July 23-26, 2019 – 9:00AM – 3:00PM (open during lunch)
July 31, 2019 – 11:00AM – 3:00PM (open during lunch)
August 1, 2019 – 9:00AM – 4:00PM (open during lunch)

Elm Street Elementary
July 23-26, 2019 – 9:00AM – 3:00PM (open during lunch)
July 31, 2019 – 11:00AM – 3:00PM (open during lunch)
August 1, 2019 – 9:00AM – 4:00PM (open during lunch)

East Central Elementary
July 23-25, 2019 – 9:00AM – 3:00PM
12:00-1:00PM – Closed for lunch

Main Elementary (register at Central Office- 508 East 2nd Street Rome, GA)
July 22-26, 2019 – 1:00PM – 3:00PM

West Central Elementary
July 23 -26, 2019 – 9:00AM – 3:00PM
12:00-1:00PM – Closed for lunch

West End Elementary
July 23-26, 2019 – 8:00AM – 4:00PM

Rome Middle School
July 23-26, 2019 – 9:00AM – 3:00PM

Rome High School
July 23-25, 2019 – 9:00AM – 3:00PM

GLC
July 24, 2019 – 1:00PM – 3:00PM

PLC
July 26, 2019 – 9:00AM – 11:00AM

RTA
July 25, 2019 – 1:00PM – 3:00PM

GLC/RTA/PLC
July 26, 2019 – 12:30PM – 2:30PM

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