Tuesday, August 28, 2012

School Opening Chaos Begins Early

   
Anonymous said...
Besides the ridiculous supply lists - let's talk about the fact that GCSD just sent out a robo call suggesting bus passes will be sent out Tuesday 9/4 - 2 days before school starts!!! Doesn't leave much time from problem-solving not to mention for parents who need to know bus times in order to decide wether before or after school care is needed. Yet parents are asked to tell transportation of their daycare plans for the fall in APRIL!!!   8/28/2012 5:08

SCATS ~~ Why the delay? The GCSD website promised they would be mailed this week: "Bus passes will be mailed the week of August 27. Once you receive your bus pass, questions can be directed to the Office of Student Transportation Services at 966-2550. "
   

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

A Chamber of Commerce ploy to pick up spending during a buying lull?

Anonymous said...

My guess is the school changes threw the trans dept into a total chaotic frenzy. Summer always was a crazy time with the last couple weeks before the first day an absolute mess, lots of stress, tension, anxiety. I dont envy the drivers and attendants on the first day. I predict many 'lost' and 'missing' children. Heeee.... happy to be on the outside looking in.

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure the robo call I received did say they were being mailed out this week and if you do not receive it by Tuesday to call transportation.

SCATS said...

To 7:03PM ~~ According to Carol Pallas at tonight's BOE meeting: "11,000 bus passes were sent out to the vendor for printing on 8/21. On 8/27, a Connect Ed message was sent out (about them)." Interesting but people got those messages TODAY, not yesterday. Why wait until 8/21 to send this to the vendor?? Seems too late to me!

Anonymous said...

because have you ever tried to route 11,000 kids???!!! If they had mailed them earlier and then made changes, they would be accused of being incompetent. They take the time to verify accuracy and they're criticized for doing it too late.

SCATS said...

To 8:02PM ~~ In the past they routed about 15,000 kids (that's 4000 more) and got the info out by now. If they were competent, they wouldn't be putting out different messages in the usual attempt to cover their butts. At a BOE meeting several weeks ago, it was reported that Transportation was "on top of things" and that most of the kinks had been worked out. Could it be the BOE gets told little white lies?

Anonymous said...

8:02 they USED TO ROUTE more than 14k when I was in school and we had passes beginning of August that was 20 years ago. With all the money we spend on Technology in this district it should make it easier and more efficient. Yet that has yet to happen...ie Infinite campus, bus routes, do I even dare mention cameras on busses and schools that don't really work...I could go on

SCATS said...

To 8:12PM ~~ GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE :)

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing that the phones in the transportation office have been ringing off the hook - the message asked that you wait until Tuesday to call. Maybe if the district stopped busing kids all over town these passes may get out sooner.....

SCATS said...

To 8:39PM ~~ GCSD is starting up a new PARENT HOTLINE tomorrow, too. Just call 966-2700 M-F from 8-4:30PM.

Anonymous said...

In the past, we were at the very least able to check out our children's bus stop info and bus number and anticipated pick-up and drop-off times by the beginning of August on the school transportation site before they mailed the bus passes. Now, you can't even check that! If they were mailed to the vendor for "printing" on 8/21, that means that their info was available and in the system by 8/21, so why couldn't they open that information to the public on the transportation website? Maybe it would have cut down their phones ringing off the hook! IMHO, it looks like insufficient, incapable idiots handling this. This is ludicrous! Especially with all of the school times changing this year... parents need notice, especially those who need to possibly make before-school care arrangement for their children. Once again, GCSD has not failed to show us what a circus this district is!

SCATS said...

To 11:02PM ~~ What can I say about a district whose claim to fame is a deaf bus monitor and an autistic basketball player?

Anonymous said...

This is Fred in the Bus Barn.
Our budget got cut this year so the Super could have a fancy coffee machine in her office.

Could all you folks have your kid leave 3 clean shop rags and a bottle of Armorall with the bus driver. You want their little asses riding on properly shined seats, don't ya?

Anonymous said...

Wow Scats Re: your comment made at 12:23. Just wow. You're so adamant about respect and blah, blah, blah all the time, yet you define people by a "disability" (Deaf and autistic) and probably don't even consider how disrespectful and inappropriate that really is. Seriously? While I am intelligent enough to understand your underlying sarcasm, others may take legitimate offense to this remark. God forbid you ever have a child and/or grandchild or loved one with autism or some other disability and they do something that makes their accomplishments particularly special (yes, even if that accomplishment is a few 3-pointer baskets thrown in the last few minutes of a basketball game--when your whole school career has consisted of people not even allowing you up to the plate). Have some empathy SCATS....does your mother/father, grandmother/grandfather hear as well as he/she used to? I'm not disputing your veiled meaning -- but to malign people's disabilities (which they have NO control over) is plain mean spirited.

SCATS said...

To 8:19PM ~~ Sarcasm? Not at all! I was being 100% honest with how I see things.

Is it not true that the ONLY reason J-Mac became famous is BECAUSE OF his disability? Without that, his 3-pointers would be totally ho-hum, right? By the way, I never for 1 minute believed the whole thing wasn't contrived for him. If it wasn't, he had a huge discrimination case he could have won for being cast to the sidelines over the years when he had all that untapped "talent."

I did NOT malign either person, nor did I define anyone by their disability. I merely stated what disabilities they have. I suppose you could make a case that I was maligning Greece Central. Face it, these two are household words around the world, because of GCSD's ineptitude. It's not like we have any Nobel Laureates, astronauts, famous surgeons, politicians or even lawyers to tell the world about.

Anonymous said...

HEY, you parents think you got problems. How would you like to be in my seat here at Sweet Tylers wimp bus protection service?

I got wimp parents crying in my ear all day when I want to be facebooking with my thugger buds.

Parents, get a flippin grip, put $10 cash in your squish's shirt pocket and $10 more in his sock. That should heep him from getting his ass kicked for a day. Quit calling me!