10 months ago
Safety is the number one priority for the Talladega County School System Transportation Department. Ensuring the safety of all students transported to school, home, athletic events and field trips is a commitment of the transportation department.
The Transportation Department is comprised of 2 administrators, a shop foreman and 8 mechanics, all of which have earned Alabama State Department of Education Certification for School Bus Mechanics. In addition, there are 113 regular route drivers, 15 bus aides, and 131 school buses. One hundred twenty three daily routes transport more than 4,223 students each day. More than 906,000 miles were logged by the system’s fleet in 2015-2016. During the same year, Talladega County Schools Transportation Department was inspected by ALSDE Pupil Transportation Department. No major deficits were found in the fleet.
The Transportation Department works with local school administrators to conduct School Bus Evacuation Drills twice annually. At the beginning of the first semester, whole school bus evacuations are conducted by the Transportation Department to ensure that all children are familiar with proper evacuation procedures. In the second semester, local administrators conduct individual bus evacuation drills. At the beginning of each semester, professional development is provided to bus drivers in order to refine and bolster safety procedures. Bus driver safety meetings are held at each school two times during the year.