Fiscal Year 2018 → Question 1
BUDGET PAGE REFERENCE: Chapter 8-73
Bus Route Supervisors (80.5) are responsible for direct supervision of approximately 25 bus operators and bus attendants. Duties and responsibilities include:
Transportation Cluster Managers (23.0) are responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:
If the 80.5 bus route supervisor positions were eliminated, the transportation cluster managers would have to assume the responsibilities of these positions. This would also increase the ratio of employees per supervisor to approximately 80 to 1.
If both positions were eliminated, all of the above responsibilities for both positions would need to be assumed by the Depot Managers.
Most of the duties described for the positions continue during summer operations when 500 buses per day are running. In addition, much of the planning and preparation for the upcoming school year takes place during the summer, and is performed by transportation cluster managers and bus route supervisors.
Budget Savings and Impact:
If 80.5 bus route supervisor (BRS) positions are eliminated, the reduction would be $5,076,540. However, since 40.0 FTE bus operator 10-month positions would have to be added to the budget, the net reduction to the budget would be $2,538,270, including employee benefits. If 23.0 transportation cluster managers (TCM) positions are eliminated, the reduction to the budget would be $1,450,449, including employee benefits. To the extent possible, these employees would fill vacant bus operator positions.
If both positions were converted to 10-month status, the total reduction to the budget would be $1,342,550 for BRS positions and $392,605 for TCM positions, including employee benefits.
The efficiency and effectiveness of DOT has improved over the years due in part to the work of the bus route supervisors. Supervisors provide meaningful supervision to bus operators and bus attendants. These positions need supervision since they work outside of the presence of their supervisor and are responsible for the safety and supervision of students. Eliminating either of these positions, or changing them to 10-month status would have significant impacts on the operation of DOT.
DOT has experienced the loss of many potential supervisory candidates to other departments in MCPS, as bus operators with supervisor potential sought 12-month position status, even though many preferred to build a career in transportation. DOT still provides many qualified candidates to other areas in MCPS, but is now able to retain many of the best and brightest to serve as transportation leaders. Reducing bus route supervisors to 10-month positions would likely result in staff taking other MCPS positions.