Morgan County TN Buses a Bust??

Now most of you are parents, uncles, aunts, grandparents,etc; and know that children have a right to free public education.

(The right to education is recognized as a human right and is understood to establish an entitlement to education. According to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights the right to education includes the right to free, compulsory primary education for all[1], an obligation to develop secondary education accessible to all in particular by the progressive introduction of free secondary education[2], as well as an obligation to develop equitable access to higher education in particular by the progressive introduction of free higher education.[3] The right to education also includes a responsibility to provide basic education for individuals who have not completed primary education. In addition to these access to education provisions the right to education encompasses also the obligation to rule out discrimination at all levels of the educational system, to set minimum standards and to improve quality.)


Now Living in Morgan County most of us depend on the Bus system to get our future generation of little teachers, doctors, lawyers, etc to school for their right to this education. but what happens when the transportation fails to get there? who is to blame? parents frantically calling the the schools to notify them when the schools not evening having a remote idea of a bus not running because the County Bus Supervisor Fails to do his job or the employee fails to call his or her employer?  I bet it sounds Familiar doesn’t it. With Today’s latest technology in Cell phones, Internet, i pads, Facebook, Linkedin, radio,  crap even the old Fashioned Telephone! “say whaaaa…” yes I went there. There should be NO excuse for parents or guardians not knowing if the children will be picked up. Yes the school has a automated system and when they know and are notified “IN A TIMELY MANNER”, all they do it pick up the phone and put in a little code that notifies parents on a school call list that if a particular bus your child rides will not be running. Now how hard is that honestly? But you see the problem here is that our employee aka bus Driver has a communication issue with the Supervisor and in turn the supervisor has a communication problem with the School(s). you probably are sitting back either agreeing with me or saying “how you figure?”

One for starters is that if you are a employee and you become ill, it is your responsiblilty to notify your employer that you will not be present to perform your assigned duties (in other words you won’t be coming in) and it is decent to call employer ahead of time so he/she knows that she must act swiftly upon this.

Second the supervisor must make sure that he can swiftly and effectively find a replacement or do the job him/her self to make goals or ends meet. (it means that if you cannot find a substitute Bus Driver put your CDL’s to get use buddy and grab a Bus and get some kids!)

Third if this option of getting a bus to get kids is not available then you need to make sure that the School board is notified so that they can  take care of business as well and notify the parents/guardians that their children either need a way to get to school or be excused for missing the day.

Now with that being said, I do have some suggestions of my own:

All School Buses should be parked at the County Garage Before and After School after school children have been delivered to all destined  areas.

Employees of the County School Garage (Bus Drivers) should report to County Garage using THEIR Pov’s (Private owned Vehicles) to get to work no later than 5 am in the morning and using Pov’s during break times until time for Students to be dismissed from schools. After children have been delivered safely to their homes Bus drivers will return buses to the County garage and make sure that they are clean and ready to be used in the morning.

The County Supervisor is responsible for making sure that the County has enough Bus driver including Substitute drivers (if needed). If the County does not have enough employees it is the Supervisors responsibility to put hiring signs, post ads in newspaper and radios and fill positions. There is NO reason that Morgan County should lack in school bus drivers especially in today’s economy when people need jobs.

The School Board needs to make sure that all these things posted above are carried out and are effective. There should NOT be a nonchalant (having an air of easy unconcern or indifference) attitude about what is going on in the county especially with as many school days missed in 2010 due to a bad winter and snow days.

This is called effective management. Our Superintendent of Morgan County Schools has a Doctorate in Education, so there is no excuse for also his partial lack to see these things through and to the County Bus Supervisor you have worked as a Bus Supervisor for 20 years you would think that you have this job down pat now. I say you need to get your act together and show that you do care about our children’s  education. And if this is just a job for you maybe you need to retire and hand over the reins to someone who can do the job more effectively sir!

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Morgan County, Tennessee USA

*If you are reading this you either live here or have visited Morgan County,TN or maybe you have family! I’ve started this blog in my own time with no profit from any one. Just completely on my own and any remarks or things said is of my own thoughts and opinions!

First off I would like to start off with getting to know the area. I moved here 13 years ago and live in the small unincorporated town of Lancing. It is a little sleepy town and not much goes on if you stay at home all day except the occasional visitor with the latest gossip on their lips of who’s doing what and what they are not doing. (because you know how small country places are, everyone makes sure its their business to know exactly what you are doing at all times!) The Population according to the 2010 Census for Morgan County is 21,987. Keep in mind these numbers are for All of Morgan County not one particular area. The county has a total area of 522 square miles (1,350 km2), of which 522 square miles (1,350 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) (0.07%) is water. The county is known for its rugged mountain terrain, and cold mountain streams and rivers. The Crab Orchard Mountains comprise a large area of the county, which includes several designated wilderness areas, Frozen Head State Park, and Lone Mountain State Forest. Here is a list of the populated areas:

* Coalfield (unincorporated)
* Deer Lodge (unincorporated)
* Elgin (unincorporated)
* Joyner (unincorporated)
* Lancing (unincorporated)
* Oakdale
* Petros (unincorporated)
* Rugby (unincorporated)
* Sunbright
* Wartburg

Morgan County was formed in 1817 from portions of Anderson and Roane counties. It was named in honor of Daniel Morgan (1736–1802), American Revolutionary War officer who commanded the troops that defeated the British at the Battle of Cowpens and who later served as a U.S. congressman from Virginia.

The office of Constable was abolished in the 1990s.,_Tennessee

Jan. 2011 cost of living index in Morgan County: 81.7 (low, U.S. average is 100) Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (24.5%), Educational,health and social services (15.1%), Construction (11.7%).
Type of workers:

* Private wage or salary: 72%
* Government: 19%
* Self-employed, not incorporated: 9%
* Unpaid family work: 0%

*In my Opinion, Morgan County does NOT have a lot to offer as far as Employment/Careers, Wartburg does have the prison, medical centers and a few grocery stores and dollar stores. Most people that live here often travel outside of Morgan County for Employment.

Now I’m not saying living here is that bad. Its quite beautiful here come the Autumn Equinox. All the leaves have changed showing the vibrant Oranges and Reds, getting ready for Father Winter to come do his job. Now is the time to get things in order and last minute leftover Spring cleaning. Come winter here, sometimes its hard to get out and get to town whether you go to Wartburg or Crossville and if you get really adventurous Oak Ridge, Knoxville and even Cookeville! On a note here I will be posting more pages soon and hope that you read and enjoy them (Even if you do not agree with me, Feel free to add comments and please keep them civil! We are adults here)

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