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    Hello !
    Welcome to Transportation!

    District Supervisor: Gretchen Higgins
    Email Address: ghiggins@forsyth.k12.ga.us
    Phone number: (678) 965-5010  ext. 382107

     

    Team Leader: Chris Starkey
    Email Address: cstarkey@forsyth.k12.ga.us

    Phone number: (678) 965-5010  ext. 383107 

     
    Link to the on-line FCS Transportation Registration Form: https://www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/Page/51826.
     

    A county-wide procedure requiring all elementary students to be tagged with green, yellow or red SOAR Student Badge.  The color of this badge strap allows the driver, as well as any sub-drivers, know if your student is allowed to walk home alone from the stop. 

    3rd through 5th grade students must also retain this tag on their bookbags.

     

     Kindergarten through 2nd grade students must be met by a parent/guardian/parent's designee who is in possession of a Student Release Pass which was forwarded to them by the parent. 

    If you, as a parent/guardian, are in need of a Student Release Pass, please email ghiggins@forsyth.k12.ga.us specifying your request.

     

     Any student, including 3rd through 5th, that has removed the SOAR Student Badge from their backpack may be returned to the school due to improper communication to the driver/sub-driver regarding his/her bus stop release.

     

     If your student has received a new backpack, please make sure to move the SOAR Student Badge to the new backpack.  Also, if your student uses alternating backpacks please remember to swap the SOAR Student Badge to the new backpack.

    Please do not change the color of or use a different strap.

     

     Please understand that this is for the safety of your student(s) and not intended to be an inconvenience.

      
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    With the goal of safety in mind please review very important information about Afternoon Student Drop Off at the appropriate tab to the left.

     

    Be sure to complete the 2020-21 FCS School Bus Registration Form on-line at: https://www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/Page/51826.

     

    Please understand that this is for the safety of your student(s) and not intended to be an inconvenience. 

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    Are you interested in being a bus driver or know someone who would be a great bus driver?
    See the Applications Being Accepted link to the left for more details! 

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    Click the link above to see Elvis and the SOAR Patrol on the Head-Line News!! 
      
    Gretchen Higgins

    Gretchen Higgins, District Supervisor
     
    Shiloh Point Elementary - Big Creek Elementary
    Whitlow Elementary - 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.
    ~Son in Tennessee and Daughter at Arizona State University. 
    ~Animal lover who has had many dogs and have provided homes for snakes, birds and fish. 
    ~One brother in Switzerland and mom in Florida.
     

    Chris Starkey

    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 seven out of eight years.
    Placed first or second in seven out of eight years in the 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 
                 
    - 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.  
    Have a bus driver or transportation employee that you want to nominate for Employee of the Month?  Click the following link to the nomination form!
     
      
    "We are professional and caring employees, providing transportation services that protect students, support quality learning and improve the community."