As Barrow County students prepare to begin a new school year, school bus drivers are preparing to undertake a new routing system.
Wanda Young, director of the Barrow County School District's transportation division, announced Friday that parents should be aware of changes in bus routes, as well as other information intended to get their child off to a positive start for the 2011-12 school year.
Also this year, students are encouraged to bring bottled water on the bus, due to the heat. The district is also welcoming a new shop foreman to the transportation department. Paul Huckleberry, who came from Fulton County on July 28, has 24 years of bus experience, said Young.
With approximately 128 routes mapped out this school year, Young said one goal the transportation department undertook is to eliminate the transportation of students across Ga. Hwy. 316 with regards to rezoning in the Apalachee cluster.
Only students attending Apalachee High School will be transported across Ga. Hwy. 316.
Any student attending the Barrow County College and Career Preparatory Academy (CCPA) is reminded that they will be shuttled to and from the new high school from their home high school.
Young encourages students to be sure to follow school bus rules handed down by the school bus driver on the first days of school. The rules are in place for the purpose of student safety, said Young.