MCSD considers new bus driver incentive proposals

MCSD considers new bus driver incentive proposals

Columbus, GA (WTVM) - Muscogee County School Board members are once again preparing to vote on solutions to the Muscogee County School District’s continued transportation issues. This time, the board is considering two proposals rather than just one.

Option A presented by the school system’s administration:

Keeping the current salary schedule for drivers

Creating referral bonuses and incentives - $71,000

Adding 24 bus monitors - $458,233

The plan would cost a total of $52,923

Option B presented by board member Vanessa Jackson:

Revising the driver pay scale and include six month and one year bonuses - $1,160,816

Creating safety incentives - $30,000

Instituting driver uniforms - $93,733

Adding monitors to all buses - $4,334,111

The plan would cost a total of $5,618,660

There was a lot of confusion at Monday night’s board meeting after the presentation of the two plans.

“I am just trying to figure out what I am going to be asked to vote on next week,” said frustrated District 7 Rep. Cathy Williams. “I have been a board member for, I guess nine years, and I have just never seen competing proposals on the same agenda for a vote, one from the administration and the other from a board member.”

Jackson contends that her proposal is not “set in stone” and was intended to keep the conversation going.

“That is just something that I put out there because when we checked on Friday, I didn’t see a proposal out there,” said Jackson. “Doing nothing is not an option for us right now.”

After lengthy discussion, Jackson appeared to be willing to withdraw her proposal rather than taking it to a vote at the next meeting, but no formal motion was made to do so. Members will vote on the proposals at next week’s board meeting.

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