Columbia Public Schools Hire New Position, First in Missouri

3 years 4 months 4 weeks ago December 05, 2012 Dec 5, 2012 Wednesday, December 05 2012 Wednesday, December 05, 2012 6:31:00 PM CST in News
By: Kelly Carlson

COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools have added a new position and it seems to be the first of its kind in Missouri. Tina DeClue is the new elementary school bus safety instructor.

This position reiterates the information children learn about bus safety in their classrooms. DeClue just helped complete a huge program that was started when she was first hired.

"We took buses to our elementary schools and they got on the bus. We did a small training program with them, in which also included an emergency evacuation out the rear door and then we also taught them how to appropriately cross the street should they be getting off at a stop where they need to cross the street," said DeClue.

Now she is working with individual bus drivers, students and teachers by offering safety recommendations. She even rides the bus with the kids to reiterate the importance of bus safety.

This way, they have practice and a face to go to if they need help. "Repetition is the key and consistency. I think if they consistently see myself, the driver, the principal, we're all on the same team. We're all partnering together for a positive change in behavior," said DeClue.

Over the past ten years in the U.S., an average of 29 children were struck getting on and off the bus. It's important to stand at least 10 feet away from the bus so the bus driver can see the passengers.

Columbia Public School's Transportation Coordinator David Wilson recognized the need for this program. Wilson said since Columbia Public Schools doesn't own its own bus program, there is a natural void between it and First Student. He doesn't think this is a negative but adding DeClue will help fill the separation gap.

"She had previous experience working with children in schools and in the community. So far, she is doing a great job. And we are very happy and fortunate to have her," said Wilson.

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - A trial started Wednesday for a Jefferson City who man police say confessed to a murder a... More >>
6 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 7:15:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - MoDOT released a report showing the fatality rate during late-night hours is the highest it's been since 2012,... More >>
6 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 7:12:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Representatives voted Wednesday to send a voter ID bill to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk. House... More >>
7 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 5:51:00 PM CDT in News
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two Planned Parenthood affiliates have filed a federal lawsuit over Kansas' decision to cut off Medicaid... More >>
8 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 5:34:03 PM CDT in News
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — Two white southeast Missouri school officials who are being sued by a black teenager say in... More >>
9 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 4:39:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Two-thirds of the Missouri House has voted to change how public union members pay dues, the... More >>
9 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 4:36:04 PM CDT in News
JOPLIN (AP) — State agricultural officials say 39,000 turkeys at a southwest Missouri farm have been destroyed after avian flu... More >>
9 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 4:27:58 PM CDT in News
ST. JOSEPH (AP) — Efforts are underway to reopen the old Tarkio College in northwest Missouri as a two-year institution.... More >>
9 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 4:12:27 PM CDT in News
FERGUSON (AP) — Ferguson is seeking to replace a city prosecutor criticized by a federal probe of the St. Louis... More >>
9 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 4:05:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two police officers are among five people injured after fire broke out at a St. Louis... More >>
9 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 4:01:39 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — A Moberly man accused of killing a 92-year-old woman with a machete pleaded guilty Wednesday. Christopher D.... More >>
10 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 3:42:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A mother from suburban St. Louis alleges in a lawsuit that her 9-year-old son is prohibited... More >>
10 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 3:39:00 PM CDT in News
COLE COUNTY — A Cole County grand jury indicted the three men charged with a shooting in Jefferson City that... More >>
10 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 3:13:00 PM CDT in News
HARRISBURG — For most, homework is a hassle, but the promise of it paying off with a better quality of... More >>
11 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 2:00:00 PM CDT in News
CAMDEN COUNTY — The Camden County Sheriff’s Office has announced the newest addition to its team: Kaiser, a 21-month-old German... More >>
11 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 1:46:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Senate overrode Gov. Jay Nixon's veto Wednesday on the bill that would have reduced the... More >>
14 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 10:53:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — An early morning accident on Route B sent two people to University Hospital. A total of three people... More >>
14 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 10:51:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man was arrested after police say he threatened two people when he tried selling them crack... More >>
16 hours ago May 04, 2016 May 4, 2016 Wednesday, May 04 2016 Wednesday, May 04, 2016 9:29:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 50°
2am 48°
3am 47°
4am 47°
5am 46°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

1:07a
The Insider
1:37a
Access Hollywood
2:07a
The Meredith Vieira Show
1:30a
Seinfeld
2:00a
Paid Program
2:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Strong
8:00p
The Blacklist
9:01p
Game of Silence
7:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
8:00p
The 100
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld