Sunday, September 20, 2020

Driver Named Dragon Transportation Employee of the Month

MurrayCarroll ISD Transportation Director Ranjan George presented the April Employee of the Month award to Ginger Murray. The certificate was awarded during the department’s monthly staff meeting recently.

Murray was recognized for her outstanding work in the Transportation Department as a bus driver. She also received a gift card courtesy of Carroll ISD’s We Care employee appreciation program.

During Murray’s eight years as a Dragon employee, she has demonstrated excellence in her position as a bus driver. Her passengers are special needs students. She says he enjoys driving the school bus, but enjoys the company of her passengers even more.

Murray has three grandchildren and is expecting a fourth very soon.

The Transportation Department has 72 employees, including drivers, mechanics and office staff. Ranjan George is the Transportation Director. The department’s Employee of the Month program recognizes the duties and achievements of staff. The award is presented at the end of each month during department staff meetings. For more information about the Carroll ISD Transportation Department, click here.

 

 

Dragon Transportation Names Employee of the Month

Valerie GravesCarroll ISD Transportation Director Ranjan George announced the March Transportation Employee of the Month at the department’s staff meeting on Wednesday, April 1.

Bus Aide Valarie Graves was presented with a certificate and recognized for her outstanding work in the Transportation Department. Graves also received a gift card courtesy of Carroll ISD’s We Care employee appreciation program.

Graves has been a Dragon employee for seven months and during that short time, she has demonstrated excellence in her position. A Bus Aide travels on the bus and assists students with special needs.

One of the things Graves says she loves about her job is getting to work with children every day. She recalled a recent instance with one of the students.

“When he [the student] came back to school after being out for a while, he boarded the bus he sat down and said, ‘I sure did miss you guys,’ ” Graves said.

A wife and mother to two adult sons, Graves is also a grandmother. Her granddaughter moved to Texas from Oregon. Graves’ hobbies include traveling, history and art.

The Transportation Department has 72 employees, including drivers, mechanics and office staff. Ranjan George is the Transportation Director. The department’s Employee of the Month program recognizes the duties and achievements of staff. The award is presented at the end of each month during department staff meetings. For more information about the Carroll ISD Transportation Department, click here.

 

 

Dawson, Eubanks Change Campus Traffic Patterns

In an effort to address traffic and pedestrian safety concerns, Carroll Independent School District is announcing new traffic flow patterns for the 2013-2014 school year at Dawson Middle and Eubanks Intermediate schools.

The biggest change, according to school officials, is the relocation of school buses to the main front drive of both campuses at the afternoon dismissal time only. Parents will be asked to use a separate back loop to pick up students after school each day.

At Dawson Middle School, parents are encouraged to use the north entrance off of Kimball Avenue to drive around to the back of the campus to pick up students (no substantive change).

At Eubanks, parents will be asked to enter the farthest south driveway off of Kimball Avenue, follow the road to the back of the campus and then veer right into the lot nearest the EIS building to pick up car riders at the back. Parents will then follow the loop back out onto Kimball Avenue. EIS staff will help students safely to parent vehicles. Traffic cones and directional signage will assist parents until the new traffic pattern becomes routine and/or permanent.

Parents with students at both DMS and EIS may pick a parent loop of your choice (EIS or DMS) but be sure to communicate that with your student at DMS AND your student at EIS before pick-up time.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The CISD school buses will be utilizing the main front drive at afternoon dismissal time, and parent traffic will not be allowed through that part of the campus between 3 and 4 p.m. Parents or visitors to the two schools may enter the parking lot if they have an after-school appointment, but parents should not pull into that area expecting to pick up students because no car riders will be dismissed at the front of the campus.

“We’ve discussed the changes with our Transportation Department and believe that the front driveway is the best location to stack the 14 buses that serve Dawson and Eubanks,” said DMS Principal Ryan Wilson. “In the afternoons these buses load and leave at the same time. The campus School Resource Officers will assist with traffic flow at the front of the building. Parents will be asked to pick students up at the back of the building.”

Administrators for both DMS and EIS will be stationed at the back of the campus during dismissal time to help direct parent traffic in the afternoon. The overall goal of the new plan is to help ensure student safety and to eliminate afternoon congestion in parent lines.

The morning pick-up and drop-off routines will not change. Buses in the morning arrive at staggered times and will drive to the back of the campus to drop off students as they have in the past. Eubanks parents can use the front of the building to drop off students; but please utilize the back parent loop to pick students up at the end of the day.

Copies of maps are provided for parents and staff to understand the revised traffic flow. School officials will help communicate the changes and then will accept feedback from parents and staff before adding permanent changes or signage. Click here to download/ print the new morning drop off traffic pattern. Click here to download/ print the new afternoon traffic pattern.

“We are concerned about the volume of cars and parents who are trying to pick up students at the end of the day at Eubanks,” said Principal Deana Steeber. “We are asking for everyone’s cooperation as we make some changes for the safety of our students. We will evaluate the situation for any necessary adjustments as we progress through the first few weeks of school.”

To reiterate, Dawson parents should continue to utilize the north parent loop to the back of the building to drop off and pick up students. Please do not use the main front drive at dismissal time; buses will be occupying that area.

Eubanks parents may drop students off in the morning at the front of the campus but should use the far south entrance to the back of the campus loop to pick students up in the afternoon.

A safety hotline has been established to accept comments and suggestions about all CISD-related safety issues. Please be patient as everyone learns the new procedures and then feel free to share your input with us on the #SAFEdragon hotline 817-949-5190.

EIS Morning Arrival:

  • Parents drop off in driveway at the front of the building.
  • Buses drop off at the back of the building.

EIS Afternoon Dismissal (between 3 and 4 p.m.):

  • Parents pick up at the back of the building.
  • Buses pick up at the front of the building.
Visitors or those with appointments may utilize front parking lot/entrances at all times. Parents are free to use the front drive at the school EXCEPT during 3 and 4 p.m. on school days.

DMS Morning Arrival:

  • Parents drop off in back of the building.
  • Buses drop off at the back of the building.

DMS Afternoon Dismissal (between 3 and 4 p.m.):

  • Parents pick up at the back of the building.
  • Buses pick up at the front of the building.

New Bus Rider Fee To Help Offset Costs

The Carroll School Board took another step in the ongoing efforts to close the gap between state funding shortfalls and daily operating expenses. The Board voted to implement a new bus rider fee for all students except those who are provided free transportation due to special education services agreed upon by the Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) committee. Trustees reluctantly approved the fee in the face of a projected $5 million deficit for the 2012-2013 school year. Riders will now have to pay $250 to ride a CISD bus, with a $500 family cap to assist parents with multiple children.

CISD had been charging only those riders who live within two miles of their home campus. This year, those riders paid $215 for bus transportation, which helped generate about $235,000 for the district’s general operating fund. Carroll ISD, however, pays about $1.8 million a year to transport students to and from school. Trustees have been studying options for balancing the budget for the past several years. The new $250 bus fee will take effect with the coming school year and is expected to help generate another $456,000 in revenues.

School Administrators believe the new fee will result in an initial drop in ridership, which will likely mean six less drivers for CISD in the coming school year. This will result in another $84,000 savings for a net impact to the transportation budget of $540,000. Although the new fee will not cover the overall cost of transporting students to and from school, Trustees say they believe it is a necessary step to reducing the overall funding gap. As a Chapter 41 school district, Carroll ISD does not receive any state funding for transportation, yet the district has been paying $1.8 million a year to transport about 2,764 students across all grade levels. New legislation approved by the Texas Legislature now permits school districts who do not receive transportation funding from the state to charge riders for this service.

The Board tasked the Administration with developing a payment process for parents before the next school year. Trustees say they hope parents will still consider bus transportation as the safest, most efficient way to get their kids to and from school. It is not known if ridership will fall due to the newly instituted rider fee. The action was necessary, however, school officials say, to avoid cuts to classroom programs or personnel.

In November 2011, Carroll ISD surveyed parents, employees and taxpayers about various cost-cutting and revenue generating ideas. Support was high, in the survey, for implementing a bus rider fee over other suggested cuts. In addition to the elimination of administrative and support positions, the Board has adopted a staffing plan that includes the elimination of eight teaching positions at 5-12 campuses, reduced departmental and campus supply/travel budgets and an increase in marketing and sponsorship efforts. Other ideas still being discussed include a student participation fee, a possible two-cent tax ratification election and program restructuring.

Trustees have also discussed the possibility of opening CISD borders up to outside students such as those who live in the City of Southlake, but outside Carroll ISD, and the grandchildren of taxpaying CISD residents. The Board took no action on the enrollment issue, but plans to have a standing 2012-2013 budget item on the School Board meeting agendas going forward. The budget will not be adopted until late August.

To learn more about Carroll ISD’s financial situation and the steps Trustees and Administrators are taking to ensure financial accountability and a balanced budget, visit CarrollBudget.com today.

Taste Of Transportation Tradition

The Carroll ISD Transportation Department hosted a Chili/ Stew Cook-Off on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Everyone from dispatchers, to bus drivers, to mechanics participated in the annual event. This is the 17th year for the cooking contest.

This year, there were 12 entries and seven judges. The judges included Carroll ISD administrators, principals, secretaries and additional staff members. The judges selected first, second and third place in two different categories: chili and stew.

The winners in the chili category are: Cecily Holstrom, first place for her “Army Brat’s SOS Chili”, second place went to Martha Lewis for her “Motor Pool Chili” and third place was awarded to Pauline Bryan for her “Veterans Day Chili”.

The winners in the stew category are: Elie Gardner, first place for her “Ships Galley Stew”, Erlinda McIntire received second place for her “Boot Camp Stew” and Gary Stringer received third place for his “Staff Sergeant’s Stew”.