Transportation Department

Marion County Schools

614 Virginia Avenue

Fairmont, WV  36554



Please read about our department.  Safe transportation is a team effort.  Being informed and understanding the rules will help provide your child with safe transportation and develop a positive relationship with your driver.



Mission:


The mission of the Transportation Department is to maintain a program:


          For transporting children to and from school and all

          related activities safely.


          For maintaining a transportation environment that is

          consistent with and supportive of Marion County Schools

          education environment.


          For providing transportation as economically and efficiently

          as possible.



About:


The Transportation Department of Marion County Schools has 101 school buses that travel 80 routes to deliver over 7500 children to facilities in Marion County.


We use Zonar for GPS bus tracking and Gate Keeper and for video recordings for student, aide, and driver safety.


Our drivers and aides receive ongoing professional growth training in areas of student management, evacuations, loading and unloading, and federal and state law.


New bus routes or extensions may be established only upon request of the family and recommendation of the Transportation Supervisor.


Bus routes shall be eliminated upon recommendation of the Transportation Supervisor.


School bus stops shall be established where most feasible for the safe loading and unloading of pupils, as determined by the Transportation Supervisor.



For the safety of PK – K students:  the transportation department bus driver will not drop off these students at their bus stop without a parent, guardian or established responsible adult at the door of the bus. In cases where the parent, guardian or  established responsible adult are not present the child will be taken back to the school and the parent, guardian, or established responsible adult can make arrangements to have the child picked up. If this situation continues to persist, a conference will be held to determine a resolution.



Bus Safety Rules:


Be familiar with the Bus Safety Rules

Cooperate with driver

Bus drivers have the same authority for student discipline on the bus as teachers have in the classroom.  *See Discipline Form

Help driver with disciplinary problems

Make sure your child knows where to go if you are not home.

Be sure your children know the Danger Zone * See Danger Zone Form




Know the Law:


§17C-12-7 Overtaking and passing school buses….The driver of a vehicle, upon meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus which has stopped for the purpose off receiving or discharging any school children, shall stop the vehicle before reaching the school bus when there is in operation on the school bus flashing warning signal lights, as referred to in section eight of this article, and the driver may not proceed until the school bus resumes motion, or is signaled by the school bus driver to proceed or the visual signals are no longer actuated.  This section applies wherever the school bus is receiving or discharging children including, but not limited to, any street, highway, parking lot, private road or driveway: Provided, That the driver of a vehicle upon a controlled access highway need not stop upon meeting or passing a school bus which is on a different roadway or adjacent to the highway and where pedestrians are not permitted to cross the roadway.


Penalty to Driver:


1st Offense = Fine of $250 - $500 or confined in jail up to 6 months, or both.

2nd Offense = Fine of $500 - $1000 or confined in jail up to 6 months, or both.

3rd Offense = Fine of $1000 and confined in jail at least 48 hours but not more than 6 months.

Overtaking/passing a school bus that results in death = Fine of $1000 - $3000 and confined in jail at least one year but not more than 10 years.

Penalty to Owner of Vehicle (if driver cannot be identified) =

1st Offense = $250 -$500

2nd Offense = $500 - $1000

3rd Offense = $1000



Coming Soon:


SCHOOL / TRANSPORTATION  LOOK IT UP


You will be able to look up the school your child will attend by grade and address.



Attachments:




Contact Information:


Ron Schmuck, Transportation Supervisor             email:  rschmuck@k12.wv.us

Joe Bosnick, School Bus Driver Supervisor            email:  joseph.bosnick@k12.wv.us

Lisa McIntire, Secretary                                        email:  lmcintire@k12.wv.us

Trina Brown, Secretary                                         email: trnbrown@k12.wv.us

Chad Norman, Transportation Director               email: cnorman@k12.wv.us




Disclaimer:  The transportation office reserves the right to make changes to this information as they meet the changing need of the student population.