For Immediate Release: January 11, 2018
Contact: Tina Firesheets (336) 370-8307
Media Desk (336) 574-5730
Report Guides Plans for Transportation Improvements
The measures are based on a Transportation Review Report
prepared by the Council of Great City Schools
Greensboro, N.C. – GCS needs to streamline its administrative processes, better use current technologies and invest more resources in staff training in order to improve its transportation department operations, according to an analysis shared with the school board Tuesday night.
The review meets one of the recommendations by the Superintendent’s Transition Team, which found that inadequate facilities and other long-standing transportation issues were costing the district significant dollars. They advised using an outside group to conduct a more comprehensive analysis.
The district engaged the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS), which represents the nation’s 50 largest school systems. CGCS brought in transportation officials with logistics expertise from San Antonio, Denver, Fresno, Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Orange County (Florida) to assist.
North Carolina uses an efficiency rating to pay district transportation costs. GCS’ current rating of 85.28 percent is the lowest of the state’s five largest school districts. The district spends about 3.8 percent of its total budget, about $31.5 million, on transporting students to and from school each year.
GCS Chief Operations Officer, Scott McCully, said the report will help the district improve operational efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and ultimately better serve GCS students. Fifty-two percent of the district’s 73,000 students ride school buses daily.
The report’s findings covered four general categories: commendations, leadership and management, organization and operations.
Reviewers found a positive culture within the department and positive service reviews from principals. The department performed well on miles between accidents and daily ride times for students with disabilities.
The report showed opportunities for improvement in the areas of organizational structure, operations, leadership and management. The team compiled a list of 21 recommendations to increase efficiency and improve service.
McCully and other district leaders are developing a business plan with goals, objectives, benchmarks, performance measures, accountabilities and costs. They will present the plan at a future board meeting.
“We are thankful to the CGCS (Council of Great City Schools) and their review team, in particular, for taking the time to assist us,” said McCully. “They brought a great deal of expertise to the table, and have given us a solid blueprint to work from.”
The entire report may be found here
About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, the 47th largest of more than 14,000 in the United States, and serves more than 73,000 PK-12 students at 126 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works in partnership with parents, businesses, colleges and the community to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. We provide educational choices to meet individual student needs in a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities to help our students Soar to Greatness. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com
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