Putnam teachers concerned over bus ride to continuing ed program
By Ali Schmitz, The Charleston Gazette-Mail
WINFIELD — Some Putnam County teachers have concerns about being told to ride a school bus to an upcoming continuing education workshop.
School board member Bruce Knell said during a school board meeting Monday night that more than 20 teachers contacted him after they were told they would need to ride a school bus to a countywide continuing education program at Buffalo High School this Friday.
Knell, who taught in the school district for about 40 years, said when he was a teacher they often carpooled to workshops. Knell said the district’s bus plan was not cost-effective. He believes the district should have just told teachers to carpool. He said parking shouldn’t be an issue.
“I’m sure there won’t be any more teachers there than would be attending a basketball game,” Knell said.
Some teachers told Knell that they felt like children being bussed on a field trip. School board member Rob Cunningham also received a few calls. He said the teachers were responsible enough to figure out the proper way to transport themselves to the event.