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Libby Says School Transportation Has Run More Smoothly Than Normal

Sep 23, 2014 03:41PM ● By Bill Gilman

Tewksbury Transportation School Buses. Photo courtesy of Tewksbury Transportation.

School administrators tend to fret over the smallest details when it comes to the start of the school year, especially in regard to transportation.
But even when they have crossed all their T's and dotted all their I's, administrators (and school committee members) tend to hold their breath when the busses start rolling on Day 1.
So the room was filled with smiles at last week's School Committee meeting, as School Finance  and Operations Manager David Libby reported that when it comes to transportation, the first few weeks of school have gone off nearly flawlessly.
"The beginning of the 2014-2015 school year has gone extremely smoothly," Libby wrote in his report to Superintendent of Schools Dr. John O'Connor. "From a purely subjective point of view, we have dealt with a relatively low number of bus change requests and experienced a relatively low number of issues, when compared to past years, over the first two weeks of school."
Libby credited Kaitlyn Paquette, who works in the School Department Business Office, for taking the training needed to oversee the new bus-routing software.
He also gave credit to Tewksbury Transit, which had a very low turnover in bus drivers this year.
Libby also gave the committee a quick look at some of the video footage from the new security cameras installed on the Tewksbury School buses this year. The hi-def images come from one camera located near the driver at the front of the bus and another near the midpoint of the vehicle. The two cameras provide a clear look at every seat on the bus.
"I would say it's certainly going to help (reduce incidents on buses)," he said.
According to Libby, school administrators are able to tap into a live feed from any of the cameras via the Internet. Security tapes are kept for15 days by the security company, giving School Department personnel time to investigate reports of disciplinary incidents.

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