Phone: 706-629-7366 ext 8001
Degrees and Certifications:
Tim Watkins, Director of Transportation
The Frontline System for your Child's Education
The Gordon County School Transportation Department operates on a twelve hour day making school bus service available for students enrolled in Gordon County Schools who reside in the school district of the school they are attending. School transportation is provided in conformance with pupil transportation policies and procedures established by the State Board of Education and the Gordon County Board of Education.
A fleet of 78 buses and 66 Drivers are required to service 105 individual routes carrying approximately 4000 students. Of the 78 buses, a reserve fleet of 16 buses is maintained for growth, back-up service, and for sport/activity trips. Most routes are two tier consisting of an elementary first tier route along with a combined middle school/high school second tier route. Of the 78 buses, our ESS Department utililzes 11 buses and drivers, which may individually service a mulitple of schools in both their morning and afternoon routes.
Gordon County's school bus fleet meets all national and state safety specifications. Each bus undergoes an annual safety inspection by the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles, as well as a monthly safety inspection conducted by our own Transportation fleet mechanics. The G.D.M.V. also conducts random safety checks throughout the year.
Bus drivers complete an intensive training program and must pass the road and written test required to secure a commercial driver's license (CDL Class B), with a Passenger, School Bus, and Air Brake endorsement. Before employment, each driver is required to undergo a physical examination to include a drug test. This process is repeated at the beginning of each school year. They are also subject to random drug testing through out the school year.
School transportation is a privilege and to maintain this privilege, a student must abide by established bus conduct rules. A pupil's transportation privilege may be suspended or revoked if conduct creates a disruption or safety hazard on the school bus. The principal or his/her designee handles all disciplinary action taken for misconduct on the school bus.
Only authorized personnel are allowed aboard a school bus. Authorized personnel include the driver, transportation department employees, pupils, approved school system personnel, chaperones, and law enforcement officers.
Written authorization from a parent, with the signature of a local school administrator must be presented to the bus driver in order for a student to leave the school bus at any stop other than his/her regular stop.
On occasion, a pupil may ride on a bus to which they are not regularly assigned if there is space available and the pupil has written authorization from a parent and signed by a local school administrator.