Tuesday, May 3, 2011

TEMECULA: School board to consider transportation position

12:47 AM PDT on Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

The Temecula Valley Unified school board will consider creating a new position for a supervisor in the transportation department at a meeting Tuesday.

The additional post was among recommendations made by the Riverside County grand jury in a recent report on the district's transportation department.

The district already was considering such a position, but the grand jury's report, released in March, confirmed the need, district spokeswoman Melanie Norton said.

According to a report included in the school board agenda, the supervisor would assist in operation, coordination and implementation of transportation services and would supervise employees in the department.

The grand jury interviewed 13 transportation department employees and three district administrators for its report.

Among the panel's recommendations:

The district should hire a front-line supervisor with responsibility and authority to supervise drivers when the transportation director is absent.

The district should provide an annual copy of an approved guidebook to each driver.

The district should re-install "fueling plaques" on compressed natural gas buses to remind drivers about fueling safety.

The transportation director should investigate employee complaints and respond to the complainant about the resolutions.

District officials still are reviewing the grand jury report and preparing a response, which is due by June 27. In a written statement, school board President Allen Pulsipher said the board is taking the report seriously and will address jurors' concerns.

"Once we have reviewed the report, district staff will submit a response indicating a plan of action to address the Grand Jury's recommendations," he said in the statement.

Reach Michelle L. Klampe at 951-375-3740 or mklampe@PE.com


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