Rome City Schools closes on purchase of transportation maintenance campus: As Rome City Schools prepares to launch its new student bus system, some of the basics have been moving on a parallel course such as where to maintain the fleet. On Wednesday, the city’s deal to purchase land off Three Rivers Drive across from Rome High and Rome Middle closed. The sale price was as previously agreed, $1,150,000. The agent was Steve Graves of Hardy Realty.
The 34-acre site at the back of Three Rivers Drive had been owned by the North Rome Church of God since 1998, according to tax records.
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Board members unanimously approved the purchase of a property on Three Rivers Drive at a cost of $1.15 million. The purchased followed a closed meeting, permitted by state law when elected boards consider real estate, personnel and litigation.
“Purchasing this property is an immediate need for the system. We are expecting the new buses to arrive earlier than planned, so getting a place to secure the buses is our focus,” Byars said. “The property is also close to our middle and high school campuses which will help us with implementation going forward.”
Byars also reported that they have hired several new drivers since the last School Board meeting and they are seeing the positions start to fill. “We have several more drivers who will be up for approval during our August board meeting scheduled for the second Tuesday next month,” Byars said. “We are continuing to hire drivers them and bring them on board so that they can learn the routes, ride with the other drivers and get any additional training they may need.”
Byars said the bus program remain on schedule and will roll out on Jan. 1. Not only will drivers be trained, but all students will have a chance to become familiar with emergency procedures and what to expect when riding a city school bus. “All students will be trained on emergency procedures, because they will take these buses for field trips, sporting events and more. So, all of our students will be familiar with the new buses.”
A model of the new bus has been available to preview at major system events and the community was able to see a bus students will ride to and from school this fall.