With the firing of the transportation director this week, Wilson County Schools made several decisions about its organization and future.
First, it's obvious the district listened to its staff. When bus drivers reported their concerns, submitted letters of resignation and ultimately quit, the district listened.
And it appears rightfully so. Much of the day-to-day operations are best told by the people who work there every day, such as teachers, educational assistants and, in this case, bus drivers.
Secondly, the district listened to the parents. It's been no secret that the system has struggled this year simply getting children from home to school and back again in an efficient manner.
Parents have stated their concerns, and the district listened.
Third, the district took a step in the right direction by being open and transparent, which has not always been the case. There was no mincing of words or beating around the bush. The school system outlined at least 11 reasons why they chose to terminate the transportation director's employment and left no confusion why in the process.
And ultimately, it appears the school system made the decision to put its students first. It's good to know the safety of our children is paramount, and if someone, even at the administrative level, is reportedly not competent enough to handle their job responsibilities, that person will no longer be employed by the school system.
It is a comforting thought to know the district is willing to hold its employees accountable for their responsibilities, the task of caring for our children.
Let's hope this sets the precedent for the future, no matter how "connected" the person may be. It is an important job, caring for our children, perhaps the most important. And only the most qualified, diligent and professional individuals should be hired to do so.
We encourage Wilson County Schools to continue on this path: continue listening to its staff and parents, putting students first, being open with their communication and holding personnel accountable for their job responsibilities.
Although the circumstances that caused this action were unfortunate, the district is taking steps in the right direction.