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Transportation Director

Phone: (901) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: d***@***.org
Local Address: Arlington, Tennessee, United States
Shelby County Schools
160 S Hollywood St
Memphis, Tennessee 38112
United States

Company Description: Shelby County Schools provides limited services to support students with disabilities who do not attend public schools. If you would like to know more about this...   more

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Welcome to the SCS Operations Division Website!, 22 Dec 2012 [cached]
Debora Rike , Director
Board of Directors, 2 Mar 2011 [cached]
Debbie Rike Shelby County Schools 160 S. Hollywood Memphis, TN 38112
Phone: 901-321-2280 Fax: 901-321-2281
The KAPT, 20 Mar 2011 [cached]
by Debbie Rike
Shelby County Schools - Operations Division, 22 Dec 2012 [cached]
Debora Rike, Director
Debbie Rike, director of ..., 9 Jan 2013 [cached]
Debbie Rike, director of transportation for Shelby County Schools, talks with bus driver Curby White outside of Shadowlawn Middle School.
Debbie Rike, director of transportation for Shelby County Schools, talks with bus driver Curby White outside of Shadowlawn Middle School.
With the first wave of transportation staff members reporting to work at 5:30 a.m., Rike monitors early radio activity from home to make sure the operation is running smoothly.
Rike, a longtime Shelby County Schools educator and administrator who began serving as director of transportation about three years ago, arrives at the office. As one of her first orders of business, she's given a list of school bus drivers who are to undergo a random drug test. Rike calls her lot managers and tells them to have those drivers come in for the test immediately after their morning runs.
Next, Rike goes over the morning schedule.
Rike, who describes herself as "one of the most positive people you'll meet," has waited until I arrived to deliver her morning announcement over the radio. These typically consist of safety messages and words of encouragement. The district is celebrating School Bus Safety Week, so Rike thanks her drivers for their dedicated efforts in safely transporting the district's students.
Rike introduces me to her office staff members - and there aren't many for such a large operation. For example, even with a fleet of more than 300 buses, there is only one dispatcher. But, as Rike observes several times during the day, the radio is strikingly calm.
8:45 a.m.: On-site drug-testing Rike takes the list of bus drivers to be drug-tested and walks out to the testing facility, which is onsite and is used for other Shelby County Schools departments as well as transportation.
The drug tests are quick - usually just 15 to 20 minutes, which is a big improvement over the previous arrangement.
"We used to have to send them out to a clinic, and sometimes they'd be stuck there all day," Rike says. "The district recognized the need to have our own [testing] facility."
8:50 a.m.: Phone and e-mail Back in her office, Rike makes a call regarding a pay issue, clarifying a staff member's hours. After catching up on e-mail, she discusses one of her department's challenges.
"We have a driver shortage, but we're dealing with it," she says.
We just need time," Rike says.
9:15 a.m.: Accident-free treat Rike walks over to the building that houses the drivers' lounge and the lot manager's office. As drivers return from their morning runs, they are greeted with treats - chicken biscuits and pastries - for achieving an accident-free September.
Rike makes her way around the lounge, hugging and thanking the drivers. When she wishes someone a "happy Friday eve" (it's Thursday), another driver momentarily thinks that the weekend is closer.
"At first, I just heard 'Friday,'" the driver says.
"You still have to come to work tomorrow," Rike says with a laugh.
In the garage, Rike talks with Mechanic Foreman Ken Mauney about a GPS system issue.

In the garage, Rike talks with Mechanic Foreman Ken Mauney about a GPS system issue.

9:30 a.m.: In the garage Rike heads over to the garage to talk with her mechanic foreman, Ken Mauney, about an issue with the operation's GPS system.
The district's drivers aren't unionized, but Rike says that she wanted to make sure that they "have a voice. Accordingly, she holds monthly roundtables for each bus lot. Food is provided for the voluntary, off-the-clock meetings, and drivers can share any concerns they have.
"Everybody wants to have a voice and have their concerns heard," Rike says.
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