About a month ago, we watched a Cobb County Schools bus driver get cuffed and taken away after he failed a field sobriety test. At 8:30 a.m. On a weekday. The young students on his bus had already been loaded on to a second bus and transported safely to school. And his bus was towed out of the preschool parking lot where he'd been pulled over. I looked at my assistant and said: those parents are going to be up in arms. I certainly would be.
And they would have been. Had they been informed.
Last week it came to our attention that one of the children on that bus was the child of one of our teachers who happened to be off that day and didn't witness the arrest of her child's driver. We never knew her child was on that particular bus. And the obligatory letter that went home from the school? Described the incident as "minor" with no details. She accepted the letter at its word, along with the testimony of her young child (who didn't see the arrest). Until she started putting a few pieces together after some enlightening conversations.
Her child's bus driver was charged with DUI, following too closely and ONE single count of child endangerment. He was also driving with a suspended license.
So she took it to the school and to the county. The school was uninformed about the details of the incident - only that there had been a fender bender and the bus driver was subsequent fired. They were, in her words, "floored" to learn of the circumstances and charges against him. The county? Well, they refuse to comment on matters of personnel they say.
Do they not think parents have a right to know something of this nature? Even if its to say "we're handling this" - "he's been dismissed and is being charged" - "we're examining how we did not know his license was suspended" - something? Anything????
Instead of open communication, they're closing the doors, refusing to even acknowledge what transpired. Acknowledge that the 40 some odd kids on that bus were endangered. By one of their employees.
She is taking them to task and rightfully so. We're supporting her and I'm tempted to tip off the local media to the county's handling (mishandling) of this.
And then this headline in Fridays paper....
We're in the midst of hunting for a new superintendent and it appears that meetings that should be held in public are being held behind closed doors. I am not surprised. The county has no leadership of the upstanding sort. Why would they keep us - their constituents - in the loop?
It's all pretty disgusting and quite frankly troubling.
Like I said... I could get nutty.
On a lighter note, how about some pics from the week?
Leprechaun antics in the classroom. :)
Some sunshine at long last...
And a gorgeous full moon...
Miss Erin was home all week for her spring break and it was awesome having her here, as always! She heads back today and the rain and cold have returned. Ugh... Glad ill be escaping soon. :)
I know I said we'd talk books-- that's coming soon. Ciao!