Bus drivers honored for exceptional service

by Celia Shortt

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The Coweta Board of Education recognized school bus drivers Jill Jackson and Pam Perry for exceptional actions to ensure the safety of students on their buses, during Tuesday's school board meeting. Both drivers were honored with a proclamation. From left are Coweta Superintendent Steve Barker, Director of Operations and Safety Doug Moore, Jill Jackson, Pam Perry, and Transportation Director Judy Gresham.

The Coweta County Board of Education honored two school system employees, Jill Jackson and Pam Perry, at its regular meeting on Tuesday for their exemplary actions and commitment to Coweta students as bus drivers.

In October, Jackson's bus was approached by an unknown adult who asked for a particular student by name and claimed to be the student's relative. Jackson followed standard protocol and notified the school transportation office. The police did become involved but found no threat to the student.

'Ms. Jackson's close adherence to safety protocol ensured that the student made it home safely,' said school system Director of Operations and Safety Dr. Doug Moore.

Jackson has been a system driver for a year and drives bus routes for White Oak Elementary and East Coweta High School.

Last week, Pam Perry was driving her bus when a student approached her and indicated she was choking. Perry stopped the bus and performed the Heimlich maneuver. She contacted the school transportation office, and Coweta EMS was dispatched.

'Ms. Perry's quick action ensured the health and safety of this student,' said Moore. 'We want to thank both of these ladies for their commitment to the students of Coweta County, and we recognize their effort with the following proclamation.'

Perry has been a system driver for four years and drives bus routes for Brooks Elementary, Madras Middle, and Northgate High School.

The proclamation highlighted the support all school employees in the district provide to students as well as the compassionate care they provide, the sound judgment they utilize, and their placement of students' needs above their own.

Moore thanked both drivers 'for their commitment to the students of Coweta County.'

Noting that 'high-quality, safe, student-centered educational experiences, provided by dedicated Coweta County School System employees, contribute to the well-being and quality of life for students, families and citizens of Coweta County,' the proclamations honored Perry and Jackson for 'the significant impact' both drivers have made and continue to make for students.

Board Chairman Winston Dowdell and Superintendent Steve Barker led the board in recognizing and thanking the bus drivers.

'These are two terrific drivers, both very dedicated to their job and very dependable,' said Transportation Director Judy Gresham. 'They are a joy to work with.'

Also at Tuesday's meeting, the school board unanimously approved audio/visual systems for the classroom renovations at East Coweta High School. The change order was for an additional $36,265.

'We actually had this item on as an alternate in the original bid,' said Barker. 'It came back well over what we felt like was a reasonable cost for this particular sound reinforcement project. So, we declined it in the initial bid.'

Once the classroom renovation project at ECHS began, more bids were solicited for the technologies needed in the new classrooms.

The new audio/visual systems provide amplified sound and wall mounted controls.



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