PGCPS Transportation T-News 11-20-12

T-News Masthead

November 20 • 2012

Curtis Richardson

Curtis Richardson
Driver Trainer
Fairmont Bus Lot

 

In This Issue

Director's Corner
Holiday Message from the Union
Bus Lot News
Employee Spotlight

Important Dates to Remember
Announcements
Welcome New Hires
Quick Links

Important Dates to Remember

School Bus Safety Inspections
October 29 - November 30

Thanksgiving Break
(Schools Closed for Students and Teachers)
November 21

Thanksgiving Holidays
(Schools & Offices Closed)
November 22 & 23

Announcements

School Bus Safety Inspections
The Transportation/Central Garage Department and the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) School Vehicle Safety Division will conduct School Bus Safety Inspections from Monday, October 29 through Friday, November 30. Please refer to the School Bus Safety Inspection schedule to find the dates for your location. 

Driver Improvement Program (DIP) Training Rescheduled
The DIP training planned for October/November has been rescheduled for March/April 2013 so we can accommodate training for new bus drivers.

Welcome New Hires

Burton, Latania
FAIRMONT BUS LOT
Chapman, Derrick
JOHN HANSON BUS LOT
Chase, Joyce
FRIENDLY BUS LOT
Clark, Sidney
MULLIKIN BUS LOT
Ellis, Artlester
DOUGLASS BUS LOT
Epee, Jean
FAIRMONT BUS LOT
Evans, Sandra
MULLIKIN BUS LOT
Gaston, LaWan
FAIRMONT BUS LOT
Gatling, Joyce
CROSSLAND BUS LOT
Hayes, Michael
MULLIKIN BUS LOT
Lee, Thelma
GREENBELT BUS LOT
Luc, Yolande
FAIRMONT BUS LOT
Major, Tammie
CROSSLAND BUS LOT
Marshall, Aleethia,
FORESTVILLE BUS LOT
McInnis, JoVon
FORESTVILLE BUS LOT
Mercer, Lucille
FAIRMONT BUS LOT
Moore, Laquesha
FAIRMONT BUS LOT
Moore, Teaira
DOUGLASS BUS LOT
Mullings, Maurice
GREENBELT BUS LOT
Murphy, Beverly
FAB ADMIN BLDG
Nunn, Bertha
FRIENDLY BUS LOT
Pope, James
FRIENDLY BUS LOT
Proctor, Brian
MULLIKIN BUS LOT
Queen, Jamese
MULLIKIN BUS LOT
Robinson, Jr., Eddie
FORESTVILLE BUS LOT
Scrivner, VaNeisha
MULLIKIN BUS LOT
Squire, Carolyn
FAIRMONT BUS LOT
Suggs, Philip
CROSSLAND BUS LOT
Terrell, Karen
GODDARD BUS LOT
Ward, Anthony
FAIRMONT BUS LOT
Windsor, Amy
MULLIKIN BUS LOT
Woods, Charles
MULLIKIN BUS LOT

Quick Links

PGCPS Home Page
Transportation
Human Resources
Payroll & Benefits
Oracle Self-Service

 

PGCPS Transportation Department
13300 Old Marlboro Pike
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
301-952-6570
Transpor@pgcps.org

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Director's Corner

It's hard to believe the Thanksgiving holidays are upon us! My hope is that over the next five days, you are not only enjoying time with family and friends over the holiday meal, but are also taking the time to get some much-deserved rest and relaxation. 

It has been a busy school year, and much is going on behind the scenes to not only improve the way we do business, but to improve the ways we can support you on the job. 

As we hire more bus drivers, we will be able to reduce the number of double-runs that many of you have taken on this year, which will lighten your load. We also hope to have new routing software in place by early next year that will help make our routes more efficient and will enable us to more easily track and adjust routes as needed to ensure buses are operating at their peak capacity.

We are also working with our union reps to make sure you receive regular updates through T-News, and have successfully installed computer workstations at all bus lots. We are also working to address facility concerns at the bus lots, and will keep you updated on our progress.

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to thank you again for all you do. In Transportation, our success relies on many people working together as a team to get the job done. You are truly appreciated, and I wish you an enjoyable and restful Thanksgiving holiday! 

Thomas A. Bishop
Director of Transportation
thomas.bishop@pgcps.org

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Thanksgiving

Holiday Message from the Union

Greetings to all Transportation Employees,

On behalf of ACE-AFSCME Local 2250, we pray that everyone will have a blessed Thanksgiving Day with your family and loved ones.

We are truly thankful for each and every one of you and all that you do in contributing to a quality education for all PGCPS students.

In Solidarity,
Shirley Adams, President
ACE-AFSCME Local 2250

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Bus Lot News

Laurel Portable
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New Portable Building Installed at Laurel Bus Lot

A new portable building has been placed at the Laurel Bus Lot. The old portable will be refurbished on site over the next couple of months.

We are currently in the process of determining all maintenance and repair needs at all of our bus lots. If you have a maintenance-related safety concern at your bus lot, please bring it to the attention of your bus lot foreman.

computer workstation

Computer Workstations Now Available at All Bus Lots

Computer workstations are now available for Transportation staff at all 12 PGCPS bus lots. The workstations were installed to ensure that all employees have access to school system e-mail and Oracle Self-Service.

Beginning in January, training will be provided for staff unfamiliar with Oracle Self-Service software. Dates and times will be shared as soon as they are available.

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Laurel Luncheon

Mullikin Bus Lot Staff Celebrate Thanksgiving Holiday

Mullikin Bus Lot staff came together to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday on November 19. Employees prepared a spectacular assortment of home-cooked items to share with their coworkers.

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Employee Spotlight

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Mildred Briscoe
School Bus Driver • Laurel Bus Lot

Mildred Briscoe has been serving as a bus driver for students in Prince George's County for 15 years. A graduate of the school district's Transportation Academy, Briscoe prefers to serve students with special needs, so has been selecting Family Assistance Bus (FAB) routes for the past four years. She has a special place in her heart for her students, and is well-respected by students and staff alike.

Currently working at the Laurel Bus Lot, Briscoe is known for taking every opportunity to help out and go that "extra mile." She is always checking to see if there is anything she can do to assist other drivers, is one of the first employees to arrive in the morning, and is one of the last to leave in the afternoon.

Briscoe is a long-time resident of Laurel, Maryland, and has been married to her husband Eugene for 21 years. They have one son and one granddaughter.