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SCS implements new guidelines for Durham buses

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After 300 wrecks in the last three years, a plethora of debate went into the decision for Shelby County Schools to renew their contract with Durham School Services.

Last month, the board voted to renew Durham without a raise. Now, superintendent Dorsey Hopson said they are ready to start the school year with a new set of guidelines.

"Obviously, Durham had a number of challenges last year and our school board was clear that if they don't make some improvements that we're going to have to make some changes," Hopson said.

Hopson said this year will be different when it comes to school bus transportation.

"We've been getting weekly updates. They appear to be fully staffed. They've done some things around safety that we're proud of and we think is going to make a difference."

Hopson also said Durham has hired six new safety trainers and managers who have been on the ground for four months.

Their recruiting process has also changed significantly, with better background tracks and performance evaluations. GPS trackers are also going to be installed on all buses.

"So we're going to use the GPS to track, to make sure that our students are getting to school on the startup time; not just for the start time but also for breakfast," Hopson said.

Durham has a lot to live up to in order to keep the contract in the future.

"Our board has been crystal clear, not happy with their performance. Community, not happy with their performance. Me, not happy with their performance. And if we don't, the benefit of our bargain and the company doing exactly what they're supposed to do, what they said they would do, we're going to hold them accountable," Hopson said.

SCS representatives said parents need to double-check their bus routes.

Parents can do this by calling the school and asking for details. The routes will be finalized next week.

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