DeKalb County School Bus Drivers to Poor to Quit

Can you imagine after working for over 25 years for DeKalb County School System that all the money you collect from Social Security at 65 is just $200.00 a month?
Well that is the hazards for School Employees, no money is taken out for Social Security. And if your a bus driver it's considered a part time job so nothing is being put into a retirement account for you either. So your left having to go back to work driving a school bus well into your 70's.
But here is the real zinger for people to think about, for any field trips, overnight trips for band, sports competitions, etc.  the school board uses outside contractors to transport our young people.
Makes me wonder if the school board used the staff they already have to fulfill those trips, would that mean most of there drivers would be considered full time employees just like teachers and janitors?

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mimmie January 27, 2014 at 03:08 PM
Steve, it is difficult to take the content of anyone's words (yours, Betty's, or anyone else's) seriously when they are presented in such a haphazard manner. I'll repeat what I posted on Betty's other blog entry: if you want people to take your opinions on County issues seriously, SURELY it is worth the five minutes it would take you to learn about simple homophones like your/you're, there/their, etc. and the appropriate use(s) of each spelling. This is an elementary-level concept. As Barbara mentioned above, the content may be of valid concern, but an unprofessional appearance will come off as ignorant and uneducated, and your audience will not take you seriously.
Leslie Griffith January 27, 2014 at 08:59 PM
Hi Mimmie! How proud you are. I hate bad grammar and spelling as well. The AJC is full of geographical and grammatical errors. Sometimes I make fun of them when I'm feeling low and need a dog to kick. What is the etymology of "elementary-level"? Curious about the hyphen. Regards, Leslie
Sherry Baker January 27, 2014 at 10:44 PM
No, dear. The drivers are not "to poor to quit." They are TOO poor to quit. I learned that distinction between the words "to" and "too" in first grade in a DeKalb County school, in fact, many decades ago. Now, let's take a look at this: "And if your a bus driver .." PUHLEAZE.. You mean: "And if YOU'RE a bus driver..." The word " your" is possessive. The word "you're" takes the place of " you are." Good grief! I am appalled this pathetic attempt at "writing," is even published. Does no one check for errors at all for Patch now that they want "writers" for free? With Spellcheck and old-fashioned dictionaries, how on earth can this sloppiness be published ?
Sycamore January 28, 2014 at 08:54 AM
I am amazed at the greater than thou attitude among some of you. There is one person posting here that is clearly a homophoniac. The message is what is most important not the grammar grade.
H.A. Hurley January 31, 2014 at 07:55 AM
Dear English Majors of America~ We are missing the message by spewing over grammar. Yes, of course it is important. What about the bus drivers? Thousands of children were driven all over ATL by school bus drivers and ALL Children made it home after long hours. Those buses turned into safe heavens and I would love to hear how those poor drivers kept those kids from revolting, fighting or running out of the back exit door. Students can get cranky on a typical ride to school, I can't imagine being stuck, stranded or locked in with possibly 64 hungry, sleepy, angry, scared ...and have to pee, kids for hours. My hats go off to our bus drivers in all school systems. Yes, they have always been underpaid, undervalued and ignored. These are good people who are our relatives, neighbors or just hard working citizens who make all of schooling work. Every job has dignity, but we underpay some of the most important workers whom we trust with our children's lives. English Majors: take a red pen to my comments. Enjoy!


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