Troup County Students Celebrate Their Safety Heroes for National School Bus Safety Week

LaGrange, Ga., October 17, 2017– This week, Troup County School System (TCSS) is joining in with districts across the nation to celebrate the ones who get students to school and home safely – The Transportation Department. This recognition is designed to highlight the many transportation employees across the country as well as bring students, parents, faculty, and others in the community together to learn the importance of school bus safety.

This year’s theme is My Driver – My Safety Hero. Dr. Jeffrey Turner, TCSS’s Transportation Director said, “Our transportation men and women work hard all school year and it is good to have this week designated to them. They receive recognition from the schools they serve, and it helps keep them going.”

TCSS employees 200 transportation employees that include bus drivers, monitors, maintenance shop personnel, and administration. These employees run 125 routes throughout the county and transport roughly 8,000 students over 2.2 million miles per school year. Not only do bus drivers transport students, but also accept the responsibility to keep TCSS students safe. At the most recent state safety check, the TCSS buses received a 99 percent bus pass rate during their annual inspection. This placed the Transportation Department in the top three within the state.

Local students also participated in the School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest. This is the largest activity of National School Bus Safety Week. Students from around the US compete in the poster contest by submitting a picture that reflects this year’s theme of My Driver – My Safety Hero. One lucky student’s poster will be used in promotional materials to market national school bus safety.

About Troup County School System Troup County School System is an accredited educational system with over 11,900 students in grades K-12. TCSS does offer a free Pre-K program at each elementary school. The system is comprised of eleven elementary schools, three middle schools, three high schools, one college and career academy, and one alternative learning center. Students within the school system are taught a rigorous and relevant curriculum that helps them make college and career choices beyond graduation and succeed in life. The system 2017 graduation rate rose 6.6 percentage points in three years to 78.0 percent. To learn more about Troup County School System, visit troup.org and the Troup County School System Facebook page.