Craven County Schools will welcome a familiar face as the new transportation director effective June 1, 2017. On March 16, 2017, the Board of Education voted unanimously to approve Mrs. Thomasine Hassell as the new director. Mrs. Hassell will be responsible for monitoring/improving bus routes, actively recruiting new bus drivers, preparing the transportation department budget, supervising and evaluating transportation department personnel, and other duties as needed.
Mrs. Hassell, a twenty-four year veteran employee with Craven County Schools brings with her many years of leadership experience to her new role. “It is Mrs. Hassell’s heart and determination to put children first that made her standout as a candidate for this position. Her years of experience as a principal and assistant principal will be a valuable asset to the Transportation Department and will assist in her ability to successfully improve the current operations by working closely with the staff and parents,” stated Superintendent Dr. Meghan Doyle.
Craven County Schools currently has a fleet of 155 buses on the road daily, travelling 10,095 miles while transporting 7,997 students. The school system is committed to providing safe, effective, and efficient transportation for all students and Mrs. Hassell believes in this vision, “I am thankful for this opportunity and look forward to providing a positive experience for all of our bus riders, their families, and our drivers as well. I appreciate the support the Grover C. Fields Middle School family has shown as I transition into this new role. I am extremely fortunate that I will still have the ability to continue to work with GCF plus twenty-four additional schools.”
Mr. Alvin West will continue to serve as the Interim Transportation Director until June 1, 2017. Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Thomasine Hassell.
Submitted by: Jennifer Wagner, Director of Public Relations, Craven County Schools