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Name: Gretchen Higgins
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Phone number: (678) 965-5010  ext. 381215

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678-965-5010 ext 381215

Gretchen Higgins

Gretchen Higgins, District Supervisor
Shiloh Point Elementary - Big Creek Elementary
South High - Piney Grove Middle
~Born in Iowa; lived in Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Florida, California, Tennessee and Georgia.
~Earned my Master's Degree in Business Administration.
~Two children and five grandchildren.
 ~Currently have 3 dogs but have been home with snakes, birds and fish. 
~One brother in Switzerland and mom in Suwanee, Georgia.

Chris at State

Chris Starkey, Team Leader

- First responsibility every day is to be on routes in the absence of drivers -
- Bus lane personnel who works with schools and drivers - 
 - On board bus driver route training -
- Works with schools and drivers regarding route questions -
 - Mentors drivers for continuous improvement -
- Answers phones and returns calls -
- Assists with assigning new and relocated students to pre-set bus stops -
  ~ Placed first in Piney Grove District Road-e-o five out of the last six years; placed first or second in five of the last six county school bus Road-e-o's; placed first in state level Road-e-o 2014.

~ Participated in International Safety Competition (Road-e-o) 2014

Lead Drivers
Kim Hissam            Stephanie McCord  
Kim Hissam             Stephanie McCord
- First responsibility every day is to be on routes in the absence of drivers -
- Bus lane personnel who works with schools and drivers -
 - On board bus driver route training -
- Mentors drivers for continuous improvement -
Bus Route Information: 
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:
 Follow the SOAR Bus Rules to be a safe bus rider.
Bus Rules:

~Students will follow directions of their bus driver. (This demonstrates respect to those with authority who are trying to keep us safe or maintain order.)

~Students should be at the bus stop 5 minutes before the bus arrives, waiting in a safe place, clear of traffic and 10 feet from where the bus stops.

~Students will wait in an orderly manner and avoid playing (when waiting at property belonging to others, we should respect that property and take care to leave it undamaged.)

~Students will cross the roadway in front of the bus after the bus has stopped, they have looked at the driver for a hand signal, and they have looked in both directions for traffic; left, right, left (This a safe walking habit that protects students while traveling to their bus stop.)

~Students will signal the driver with a waving motion if something is dropped and wait for the driver to give a signal before picking up the object (Never, ever lose sight of the driver or do anything that would make her/him lose sight of you! This is a procedure that can never be broken if we are to keep you safe.).

~Students will go directly to assigned seat when entering the bus and keep the aisles and exits clear (This is orderly behavior.  An orderly bus also is much safer for students walking down the aisle and in the case of a sudden stop or emergency evacuation.  This conduct also helps us to minimize inconvenience to the public.)

~Students will remain properly seated, back against the back of the seat, bottom against the bottom of the seat (safely seated within the compartment,) and keep hands to themselves (respectful to others and their personal space.).

~Students will not eat, drink, chew gum, or bring tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or any controlled substances on the bus (Helps us to maintain a neat and orderly environment and is consistent with the code of conduct which keeps us safe.)

~Students will not carry animals, glass objects, nuisance items, hazardous materials, or weapons onto the bus (maintains a safe environment for all riders, even in case of an emergency or accident.)

~Students may carry only objects that can be held in their laps (This helps us maintain an orderly environment and reduces safety issues that would occur in the event of a sudden stop or emergency evacuation.)

~Students will refrain from using loud voices, profanity, and/or obscene gestures, and respect the rights and safety of others.

~Students will not extend head, arms, or objects out of the bus windows (This is important to student safety in every circumstance.)

~Students will be totally silent at railroad crossings (The driver is required by law to look and listen after establishing silence on the bus. This is a non-negotiable safety issue and a major offense when broken.)

~Students will stay seated until time to get off the bus. The driver will call crossers to exit first and students living door side to exit second. This is a signal to use whisper voices until the unloading (or loading) process is complete. It is an orderly way to unload and increases safety by minimizing distractions.)

~Students will help keep their bus clean and in good, safe condition (This helps us maintain an orderly and safe bus and is respectful to the next group of riders who will use it.)

Following are some reminders of who needs to stop for the school bus stop sign and who does not.  Partner with us by sharing this information with your friends and let's keep all students safe!
 Two Lane Road
 Four Lane No Median
Four Lane with Center Lane  
 Four Lane with Divided Median
Are you interested in being a bus driver or know someone who would be a great bus driver?  Opportunity is knocking!  Please follow this link for more information:
"We are professional and caring employees, providing transportation services that protect students, support quality learning and improve the community." 
Last Modified on October 31, 2014