Woman named bus manager of year

SUWANEE -- A bus manager with Gwinnett County Public Schools, whose route includes the Collins Hill Cluster, was recently honored by the district for a job well done.

Jennifer Arroyo was named an employee of the year during the annual school bus manager and monitor of the year banquet held in late March.

Gwinnett County Board of Education members were present to congratulate the winners and hand them their awards.

Arroyo has been with the school district since 2007. She said it's a job she enjoys because she loves the children.

Others awarded during the banquet included Holly McDaniel, special education bus manager of the year. She serves students in the Grayson cluster. A GCPS bus manager since 1995, she said she enjoys building relationships with her special-needs students as well as their families.

Dori Puckett was named 2012 special education bus monitor of the year. Puckett has dedicated 11 years to her special-needs students. Currently, she supports special needs managers in several clusters on the east side of the district.

Before being named winners, candidates participated in an extensive selection process. First, they were nominated by peers in their transportation zone.

There are 27 regular educations zones and nine special zones. Nominees were given a written and driving skills test. Eleven finalists were selected -- five regular education bus managers, three special education bus managers and three special education bus monitors.

A judging committee comprised of GCPS leaders selected winners from the group of finalists.

For more information, visit www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.


kevin 3 years, 4 months ago

"Others awarded during the banquet" Since when does the taxpayer or the school board have enough free money laying around to pay for this? And they are crying for money again! If an employee does their job, they get a max annual pay increase. (4% maybe) . What more does the taxpayer have to fork over? Maybe we should take away 4% of their pay if they do not eprform and their students do not improve. Unions, unions. Time for a public school system overhaul and changes made in the management of that system.


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