Dr. James Cantrell, Barrow County Schools director of pupil transportation, and his staff recently hosted the first annual Professional Drivers Picnic and Awards Event.
The event, held May 31 at Yargo Elementary, honored the system’s school bus drivers for another successful year of student transportation. Special guests included assistant superintendent Rob Johnson, director of school services Dr. Ken Greene and transportation consultant Bill Bast of the Georgia Department of Education.
Several of Barrow County’s sixteen schools sponsored games and donated door prizes for the event. Peachstate Freightliner/Thomas Built Buses and Publix provided food for the picnic.
Awards were presented at the end of the day to recognize the drivers for outstanding performance during the past year. Among those honored was Inez Kennedy who is retiring this year with over thirty years of service with Barrow County Schools.
Dr. Cantrell said the Barrow County School Board has been very supportive as he and his staff continue to move pupil transportation forward while becoming a more professional service organization. As the department continues to grow and improve, Cantrell said he thought it was important to recognize his staff for their contributions throughout the school year.
“Our drivers do an amazing job,” said Dr. Cantrell, “I’m so proud of each of them. I wanted to honor each of them for safely transporting our students and a job well done.”