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Linglestown Gazette: Key school board meeting tonight

Monday, July 13, 2009

Key school board meeting tonight

At least three significant issues are on tonight’s meeting agenda for the Central Dauphin School Board meeting. The session will be held in the Lecture Hall of Central Dauphin East High School, 7 pm.

* The board will vote to approve Dr. Luis B. Gonzalez as Superintendent of Schools.

* Ross Haber, a New York-based consultant, will give a report on a recommended process for redistricting areas served by elementary schools.

* Five public speakers have requested to speak about the proposed outsourcing of bus transportation services. CLICK HERE for an op-ed on this issue by Jay Purdy, and HERE for a post that has numerous comments from CD bus drivers.

To view the meeting agenda, click on the plus sign for 07/13/2009, and then click on the plus signs to get details about specific agenda items, including downloadable PDF files of documents.



At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not saying that I am in favor of the busing being done differently but I do want to make one comment. I noticed several people made comments about the kids knowing their bus drivers. Do they really think that they are going to have a different driver everyday? These drivers would need to learn their route and I am sure that the bus company would keep the same drivers on the routes. It would be stupid not to. It is not like they are Capital Trailways or something.

At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The biggest issue is that the district would rather go in another direction than deal with the current transportation director.

At 10:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then they need to get rid of the current director!!!!

At 10:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If a new company would come in the current director apparently would still have his job....so.......what would it accomplish anyway???

At 11:26 AM, Anonymous CDBDA( busdriver)President said...

CDBDA (Busdrivers) President, would like to thank you the public for taking time out of your busy schedule last evening and showing your support. We need you to continue to support us in the coming months on this issue. Help us to keep that familar face behind the wheels of the bus who picks up your children when the new school year starts! E-mail your school board members on this issue @ cdschools.org to find there e-mail addresses. Thank you

At 10:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem at transportation is NOT the drivers. Let's all focus on the issues. I am an Ex driver and there was a time when we had safety meetings during in service days. I am not sure why that no longer happens. I was very proud to be called a CD bus driver. It is not an easy job but a very rewarding one. You need people in these positions that take pride in what we do. This is about Precious cargo!! our children!! Which should be the number one focus! Out sourcing would not solve anything if the same people are in charge!!!! Plus now you are going to pay drivers less money and CD will get what they pay for. What you need is a good leader. Or leaders. We have a great deal of wonderful drivers that do awesome jobs. Yes there are probably a handful that are not as good as the others. That is where a good boss comes in. You make them good, Lead by example... Lets read some of the job descriptions that you can get to at CD's web site. Then let's look at the people we have in these positions...hmm. I am sure some of the people in the offices are there because, they got hurt at work or they are a buddy of the guy that got hurt. I think that is where we need to start. Fix it from the top not from the bottom. The best people you have over there are the drivers and the mechanics.

At 11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There will be a last minute meeting tonight of the school board at 7pm July 29th. Many of the bus drivers concerns should be discussed and the public should show up to offers their concerns as well. More light needs to be shed on this matter.


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