VOL. 129 | NO. 150 | Monday, August 4, 2014
Buses Roll for First Day of School
By Bill Dries
Buses rolled as scheduled for the most part for all seven of the city’s public school systems on opening day, Monday, Aug. 4.
Sixth-grader Colby Exum grabs breakfast before heading to class on his first day at Maxine Smith STEAM Academy Monday, Aug. 4.
(Daily News/Andrew J. Breig)
The seven school systems each contract with Durham Transportation for bus transportation. But Durham is still in negotiations with union drivers who voted down the company’s most recent contract offer.
The Friday vote was followed by an announcement from both sides that contract talks would continue over the next month and drivers would continue to report for work during that time.
Initially, several of the school districts warned parents that the school year would begin Monday with or without bus services and urged parents to have a back-up plan to get their children to school if the buses didn’t run.
Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson made stops at four schools Monday morning starting with the new Maxine Smith STEAM Academy, an optional school with a science, technology, engineering, arts and math curriculum, at Fairview Middle School and ending at Germantown Elementary School.
Hopson said there was some overlapping of bus routes among the school districts Monday morning that resulted in a few problems.
In Bartlett, local leaders, including Mayor Keith McDonald, presented commemorative “First Day of School” bells Monday morning to the principals of the schools in the Bartlett City Schools system.