Transportation Department975 Woodridge Park Rd.Greenville, NC 27834
252-756-1424The goal of the Transportation Department is to provide safe, efficient student transportation to and from school. The Pitt County Schools Transportation Department ranks 12th in North Carolina in the number of students transported to and from school each day. Daily, during the regular school term, approximately 218 school buses run each day transporting 12,000 students. Currently 40% of the school bus fleet will provide runs for two schools increasing efficiency.Fourty buses serve runs for special programs which include Exceptional Children, PreK Programs, Eastern NC School for the Deaf, North East Region School of Biotechnology and Agriscience, Early College at PCC, and ECU Lab School. Bus drivers are provided a wireless phone and all buses have GPS installed. The Exceptional Children buses have an adult monitor on board to assist in loading and unloading wheelchair bound students and others. In addition to those buses some contract transportation is provided for handicapped students as needed.School buses are run outside of the regular 180 day school term for summer school and specially funded programs that meet the criteria for the use of school buses. Activity buses are also maintained for extra-curricular activities.Bus routing is completed utilizing a computer database with a geocode based road network. The Transportation Information Management Systems (TIMS), which is utilized by school districts across North Carolina, is coordinated through Institute for Transportation Research and Education at North Carolina State University.The Pitt County Schools Director of Transportation is Mr. Joey Weathington.
NEWS RELEASES 2018-19 :: JULY 10, 2018
HERTFORD DRIVER, PITT TECHNICIAN WIN NC BUS COMPETITION
A Hertford County school bus driver and Pitt County bus technician won top honors at North Carolina’s annual School Bus ROADeo and Technician Inspection Competition held earlier this summer as part of the 2018 NC Pupil Transportation Summer Transposium in Charlotte.
Competing against the state’s best school bus drivers and bus inspectors, Hertford County’s Eric Turner was named best driver – winning the title for the third year in a row, and Pitt County’s Dustin Wells placed first in the technician competition, beating 27 competitors representing 16 counties. In 2015, Wells was named “America’s Best” bus inspector by the National Association for Pupil Transportation.
The other top contenders for best driver, in order of finish from second to fifth place were:
- Byron Lanier (Wake County Schools);
- Alex T. Jasinski-Suarez (Nash-Rocky Mount Schools);
- Jason Kennedy (Moore County Schools);
- Cynthia Siders (Pitt County Schools).
Inspectors placing second and third in the technician inspection competition were:
- Richard Callendar (Brunswick County Schools); and
- PJ Melendez (Jones County Schools)
“In North Carolina, more than 13,000 school buses travel around 180 million miles each year to transport over 750,000 students to and from school each day,” said Kevin Harrison, chief of Transportation Services for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. “The technicians and drivers who inspect, maintain, and drive school buses are entrusted with the greatest responsibility – assuring the safety of our children. The drivers and technicians who competed this year demonstrated the skills and training that make school bus transportation the safest route to school.”
Forty-five school bus drivers and school bus inspectors participated in the final written tests and hands-on competitions to win top honors in the state. The winners advanced to the state finals June 25-28 by placing in the top 10 of their regional competitions. Turner will represent North Carolina in the 2018 School Bus Driver International Safety Competition July 22 in Philadelphia, while Wells and second-place inspector winner Richard Callendar will represent the state in the National Association for Pupil Transportation’s “America’s Best” competition in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 27-30. Wells will participate in the technician side of the competition, while Callendar will participate in the inspector side of the competition.
The North Carolina Pupil Transportation Association, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Transportation Services Section and Cabarrus Schools Transportation Department sponsored the State School Bus ROADeo competition and Technician Inspection Competition.
Congratulations to G.R.Whitfields Teacher Assistant / Bus Driver Cindy Siders for coming in 5th place in the State School Bus Roadeo.
Congratulations to Dustin Wells, Pitt County, North Carolina Best School Bus Inspector!
Dustin will be competeing on a National Level later this year.