MCS Transportation Wins Tyler Public Sector Excellence Award
The Board of Education is proud to announce that Marietta City Schools has been selected as a 2019 Tyler Public Sector Excellence Award winner. The award is for the district’s focus on student safety through the implementation of “Marietta Ride 360,” a mobile application from Traversa which gives MCS families the ability to access bus routes, stops, pick-ups and drop-offs in real time using GPS technology.
Marietta City Schools was the second school district in Georgia to offer this transportation service after months of research and development by transportation and operations employees. Launched in November of 2018, the application has enrolled 1,227 users in only four months. The MCS Department of Transportation will attend the Tyler Connect 2019 conference in April to receive the award.
Tyler Public Sector Excellence Awards recognizes public organizations for their significant commitment to public service and striving for greater efficiency and effectiveness in serving their community.
“We have a responsibility to over-communicate with our MCS families when their child is on a school bus,” said Superintendent Grant Rivera. “Marietta Ride 360 is a smartphone app, much like Uber, that will detail both the location of a bus and the exact arrival time. No more guessing and no more waiting.”
“MCS is the second school district in Georgia to offer this service from Traversa, one of the nation’s leaders in routing software,” said Assistant Superintendent of Operations, Erick Hofstetter. “Our transportation team has worked tirelessly over the last year to bring this GPS technology to Marietta City Schools. Our goal has always been to make the life of an MCS family just a bit easier – we are excited about doing just that with this new app.”
What should parents (guardians) do if their student does not arrive at his/her bus stop?Parents should contact the Marietta City Schools (MCS) Transportation Department Dispatch Desk at 770.429.3110 ext. 2753 or Operation's Supervisory staff at ext. 7515, 7517 or 7514. Dispatch can usually communicate the name of the missing student to the driver to confirm if the student did indeed board the school bus. If this cannot be confirmed, dispatch will issue an "all call" to all bus routes from the student's school. Parents should also contact their school to determine if the student boarded a bus or is attending an After School Program.
What should parents (guardians) do if the school bus arrives late at the bus stop?Parents should contact the MCS Transportation Department Dispatch Desk at 770.429.3110 ext. 2753 or Operation's Supervisory staff at ext. 7515, 7517 or 7514 for an update on the bus route and any delays it may have encountered. Dispatch can also provide an update on the pickup or drop off time if the bus has already serviced the bus stop in question. If the bus is more than 10-15 minutes late in the morning, parents should contact the Dispatch Desk for an updated arrival time. MCS Transportation will always run a bus to service a stop even if the bus is going to run late. Breakfast is held for any students arriving late to school aboard a school bus and students are not counted as tardy.
For assistance with transportation questions or concerns with your student’s bus route please contact the following Supervisor for your student’s School.
Kidata Burnet EXT 7520
Hickory HillsSawyer Road
Marietta Middle School
Marietta Center for Advanced Academics
Michael Ramsay EXT 7519
Marietta Sixth Grade Academy
Marietta High SchoolPLC
Doris Stewart EXT 7513
All Special Education RoutesLou Boestfleisch EXT 7531
McKinney Vento Students
Bus Stop Appeals