I’m told the new jury feels they have a duty to pick up where their predecessors left off in peeling back the layers of a department that’s never really been looked at by any authoritative body, unless you count the state D.O.T., which has been so busy with its own Peyton Place in the last few years one wonders if they’re really getting the job done either.
It’s too bad the last, scathing jury report has been so minimized and ignored by officials, and that more resources have to be used to get to the bottom of allegations of department misconduct, personnel mismanagement and, most egregiously, cutting vital corners on safety.
But it’s gratifying to know this jury, comprised of our neighbors who believe safety should come first when transporting children, not to mention the integrity and transparency of a multi-million dollar government operation, believes the effort is worth it.
If managers were lulled into thinking they passed the test with the last jury, they should think again. And get that paperwork in order.
And to the naysayers on this blog who’ll disagree with giving more time to the issue, well, you are either not parents of bus riders or you’re in transportation management’s close inner circle (possibly the cheerleaders who purchased the rah-rah banner on the eve of the last investigation).
It’s good to know the grand jury isn’t playing the CCSD’s reindeer games on this. It shouldn’t take a fiery crash to keep the investigation going.
I hope the state D.O.T. will note the jury’s interest, consider the allegations and peel back a few layers themselves as they begin their annual inspection of Cobb’s bus fleet this week.
It’s tedious to do this work, and I applaud those taking it on. Demanding accountability to prevent a tragedy -- especially involving our children-- is worthy work.