Employee of the Month-Bonnie Banks
Bonnie Banks, a Marietta City Schools bus driver was named the November 2012 Employee of the Month. She is in her first year with the school district but brings over 20 years of experience as a former driver with Cobb County Schools. Bonnie was recognized for her quick and decisive defensive driving skills that helped her to reduce the speed and impact of the school bus she was driving when a car turned into her path at the busy intersection of Polk Street and North Marietta Parkway. Her diligence, defensive driving and professionalism reduced the potential for greater injury and harm not only onboard the school bus but to other vehicle as well.
Cobb Police Department is conducting Operation Stop Arm and warning all drivers to respect school buses. Georgia has a School Bus Stop Law. All traffic in both directions must stop when school buses stop for passengers, except when there is a divided highway of four lanes or more with a median separation. In that case, only traffic following the bus must stop. When an officer catches drivers violating this law, the penalties are a possible court appearance, an up to $1,000 fine, six points on driving record and a license suspension for convicted drivers under 21 years old. When a stop arm camera catches drivers, the penalties are a $300 fine for the first offense, $750 fine for the second offense and $1,000 fine for the third offense, within a five year period.
The annual Marietta City Schools (MCS) Bus "Roadeo" competition tests bus driver skills through a series of maneuvers and road tests including, the serpentine, the "Offset Alley", parallel parking, and the newest event this year—reverse serpentine, among others. Drivers lose points for hitting cones or barriers, using more than one attempt to turn or back up, exceeding precision distance measurements, failing to follow proper procedures, and other errors.
Bus Technician Competition, March 18
Doug Quarles and Clay Smith, Marietta City Schools (MCS) Transportation Department bus technicians, recently qualified at the annual Metropolitan Regional Educational Service Agency (MRESA) Bus Technician Competition. Both will compete at the state RESA School Bus Technician Competition. The state winner competes at the America's Best School Bus Technician competition. The national competition is sponsored through the National Association for Pupil Transportation.
Find out what you don't know about school bus ridership. Learn the facts and play it safe. Visit http://www.nhtsa.gov/School-Buses for more information about School Bus Safety.
School buses are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and preventing injury.
According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), "School buses remain one of the safest forms of transportation in the United States." However, proper student behavior while on the bus leads to a safe environment for everyone and plays an important role in bus safety.
Video: School Bus Safety is Every Student's Responsibility
- Middle and High School routes start at 6:30 a.m.
- Elementary routes start at 7:00 a.m.
- Sixth Grade Academy/MCAA routes start at 7:40 a.m.
2012-2013 Bus Routes
A. L. Burruss Elementary
West Side Elementary
Master Stop Listing (All schools)
From the Master Route/Stop Locator page scroll down to locate your street name or a street within your neighborhood, and pick the bus stop closest to your home address. The bus route number and pick up time will be listed. You may then look at the exact route and determine where the other stops are in your community.
Each school Master Routes/Stop Locator list has all the bus stops within your school’s district listed in alphabetical order.
For more information on locating your bus stop contact the transportation department at (770) 429-3110 extensions 100, 101 or 111