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JPS Superintendent Calls for Transportation Audit

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 16 Dec 2013 05:25pm | comments
JPS Superintendent Dr. Cedric Gray

Jackson's Public School Superintendent is calling for an internal audit of the district’s transportation department. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports the announcement comes as school bus drivers end their protest and return to work.

More than 100 Jackson Public School bus drivers returned to work Monday after suspending their routes for more than a week to protest low wage and work conditions. Hours after they returned JPS Superintendent Cedric Gray called a press conference announcing the launch of an internal audit to investigate the drivers complaints. 

"I have and will continue to review not only with our internal transportation but with other  school systems and superintendents to insure that we have improved management of the JPS transportation department."

"I just wanna think about everything that was just said."

Janice Brown, a nine month JPS driver was the only bus operator to attend Gray's news conference.  She says in addition to better wages their goal was to also garner more support from administrators when dealing with unruly students. 

"It wasn't a strike but the protest was important for standing up for our rights. What's right for the students first and foremost, then bus drivers. Students safety and concern is always number one. Students come first."

JPS is the second largest school district in the state. It transports 23 thousand students to and from school every day. Lawayne Childrey, MPB News.

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JPS Superintendent Dr. Cedric Gray


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