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If you are accused of a crime, the only thing standing between your freedom and a verdict of “guilty” is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Savannah, GA.

Those who have been arrested before know that life in the legal system is no laughing matter. Aside from the imminent ramifications of fines and jail time, any goals you have of bettering yourself and advancing your life could be compromised. Without a trusted attorney by your side, you could face a lifetime of embarrassment and poor employment prospects due to a tarnished criminal record.

The good news? Dennis O’Brien and his team of experienced lawyers in Savannah are ready to clear your name. By retaining the help of a criminal defense attorney early in the legal process, you have a much better chance of securing your freedom and living a life as a productive member of society.

At O’Brien Law Firm PC, our practice was founded to fight for the rights of individuals accused of or charged with a crime. Our team of legal experts is well-equipped to take even the most difficult, contentious cases. From violent felonies to DUI, there is nothing we haven’t seen and handled. As a former law enforcement officer, founding attorney Dennis O’Brien knows exactly how much a person can lose if convicted. That’s why we work tirelessly to secure a verdict that is favorable for our clients.

Regardless of how serious or minor your case may be, know that we will fight fearlessly on your behalf. You deserve zealous representation – when you hire O’Brien Law Firm PC, you will receive nothing less.

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The O’Brien Law Firm PC Difference

Many of our clients are surprised to discover that founding lawyer Dennis O’Brien was a police officer prior to his criminal defense career. As a former Field Training Officer for the Memphis Police Department, he has over two decades of knowledge and experience in the criminal justice system. Dennis truly understands the nuance and complexities involved in a criminal defense case. This rare experience gives Dennis a clear edge in any criminal defense case and gives clients priceless peace of mind when they need it the most. Unlike some criminal defense attorneys in Savannah, Dennis O’Brien and his team believe that every client deserves effective, empathetic legal assistance. While some Savannah criminal defense firms will take weekends off or pass along cases to paralegals, Dennis personally reviews each of his cases. There is no case too small or big for O’Brien Law Firm PC. When you hire our firm, you can rest easy knowing that we will be by your side when the going gets tough.

The OBrien Law Firm PC Difference
Here are just a few reasons why O’Brien Law Firm PC is Savannah’s top choice in criminal defense:
  • Vigorous Representation
  • Fierce Dedication to Clients
  • Unmatched Experience
  • Face-to-Face Counsel
  • Prompt Response to Inquiries and Questions
  • Commitment to Defending Your Rights
  • Thorough, Effective Research and Investigation
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Our firm has represented thousands of criminal defense clients
Our firm has represented thousands of criminal defense clients in Savannah and is highly qualified to take your case. Some of our specialties include:

Drug Cases in Savannah, GA

When you are charged with a drug crime in Savannah, it can change your life forever. Georgia imposes very strict punishments for drug offenses. The truth is, it’s hard to get your life back on track with a drug charge on your record. Your freedom and way of life could be in the hands of your criminal defense attorney. As such, you need a competent lawyer with years of experience handling drug cases. Leaving your fate in the hands of an incompetent attorney could have long-lasting effects on your family and may result in a conviction.

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Consequences for drug crimes in Savannah often include:

  • Jail
  • Prison
  • Heavy fines
  • Community service
  • Court-ordered drug and alcohol counseling
  • Probation or parole
  • Permanent criminal record

While the consequences for a drug crime in Georgia are serious, there’s reason to be hopeful: O’Brien Law Firm PC is here to fight for you. Remember – being charged with a drug crime is NOT the same thing as being convicted.

Our stellar team has represented many clients facing numerous drug-related charges. While each situation varies, one constant remains the same for clients facing drug charges: a fear of what lies ahead. At O’Brien Law Firm PC our job is to help you overcome the fear of the unknown. We do so by ensuring you understand your charges, the possible outcomes associated with those charges, and the options you need to consider from a criminal defense standpoint.

With more than a decade of experience as Savannah drug crime attorneys, we have the experience and resources to defend you in court no matter what your charges may be, including:

  • Marijuana
  • Crack
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • Ecstasy

No matter what charge you are facing, our team has the experience and resources to build a comprehensive defense strategy for your drug case in Savannah, GA. Without a criminal defense attorney acting as your advocate, you could be facing very harsh penalties. Here are a few punishments you could be facing for drug crimes in Savannah:

  • Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession
    Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession:

    Having less than a gram (or one milliliter for liquids) of this type of drug results in a prison term of one to three years. Having four grams or milliliter carries a term of one to eight years.

  • Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession
    Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession:

    Any substance on this list is punishable by a prison sentence of one to three years.

  • Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession
    Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession:

    If you have less than two grams or milliliters of this substance, punishments can be between one year and three years. Having up to four grams or milliliters results in a prison sentence of one to eight years.

  • Possession of Marijuana
    Possession of Marijuana:

    Those who are in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana are subject to a jail sentence of up to 12 months. Fines may be no more than $1,000. Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana can result in a prison term of one to 10 years.

To avoid these life-changing punishments, you must take action now. Contact O’Brien Law Firm today for a consultation about your case.

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Violent Crime Cases

Violent Crime Cases in Savannah, GA

Violent crime offenses in Savannah typically involve some form of bodily harm to another individual, actions committed against an individual’s will, or threatening someone with bodily harm. Aggravated violent offenses are more severe charges and often occur when a violent crime is made more serious due to circumstances like deadly weapons.

Much like serious drug cases, violent crimes create an added layer of negativity that follows the accused for the rest of their life. In these cases, even an accusation is enough to cause irreparable damage to a person’s reputation. Those convicted of a violent crime face severe penalties that can include years in a correctional facility.

Common crimes of this nature include but are not limited to:
  • Murder
  • Assault with the intent to murder
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Carjacking

When you are accused of any of the above crimes, your freedom hangs in the balance. The outcome of your case will determine whether you leave the courtroom with your freedom intact or stripped away to serve time behind bars. Because the punishments for violent crimes are so extreme, you should be seeking legal counsel from a criminal defense attorney in Savannah, GA, as soon as possible. As a former police officer with a long record of positive verdicts in violent crime cases, Dennis O’Brien is well equipped to represent you in court.

Having a criminal defense lawyer by your side is the best way to avoid the serious punishments associated with violent crimes. These punishments usually result in prison time if convicted and include:
Forced rape: 20 years
Armed robbery: Up to 20 years
Simple assault: Up to 12 months
Aggravated assault: 10 to 20 years
Aggravated battery: Up to 20 years
Involuntary manslaughter: One to 20 years
Vehicular homicide Up to 15 years
Murder: Life in prison or the death sentence
Zealous Representation Without Judgement

As a former police officer, Dennis O’Brien has seen the toll it takes on a person when charged with a crime. His time in law enforcement allows him to empathize with his clients who desperately need competent representation. Despite being innocent until proven guilty, accusations are scary, and conviction could be a reality. That is why you must work with a trustworthy criminal defense lawyer in Savannah, GA who will work tirelessly to clear your name.

Clients choose O’Brien Law Firm because we believe in open communication, honesty, and hard work. It is not our job to act as judges for those who have been accused of crimes. Rather, our goal is to find the best defense that allows us to protect our clients’ rights and freedoms.

DUI Cases in Savannah, GA

Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most common crimes committed in Georgia. Punishments for such a crime can be severe, and for understandable reasons – when a person operates a vehicle while they are intoxicated, they’re putting their life and the lives of others at risk.

While DUI is a serious crime that completely upend the accused’s life, the earnest desire to end drunk driving can make police officers too eager to catch a person who they believe is under the influence.

DUI Cases

The city of Savannah, Georgia, has implemented severe punishments for DUI, even for first-time offenders. Individuals charged with DUI in Savannah could face:

  • Very expensive fines and fees
  • Loss of license
  • Incarceration

Fortunately, if you or someone you love has been charged with DUI, there is hope. This is particularly true when the accused is administered a breath or blood test for DUI. In fact, cases that involve a breath and/or blood test are beaten daily. When you hire O’Brien Law Firm PC, we will dive deep into your DUI case in Savannah and examine every angle possible for your case to be dismissed. Here are just a few questions our team will investigate:

  • Was the stop legal? If not, your case could be dismissed
  • Is there enough evidence or probable cause to arrest you? If not, Dennis O’Brien will file a pre-trial motion and will fight hard to have your case dismissed before trial.
  • Did the police read you your implied consent rights? If not, your case could be thrown out. Failure to read implied consent rights to the accused is one of the most common police errors.
  • Were your blood testing records and breathalyzer results maintained? Breath testing comes with inherent weaknesses that can create doubt in a juror’s mind.

There are numerous ways to beat a DUI case in Georgia, from unreliable field sobriety tests to inaccurate state-administered breath tests. As a veteran criminal defense lawyer in Savannah, GA, Dennis O’Brien has the knowledge and experience to expose the state’s mistakes and fight for your rights. When you hire O’Brien Law Firm PC your chances of dismissal are greatly increased. When your case is dismissed, you can continue living life without the burden of a criminal record.

If you or someone you love is accused of a crime in Savannah, GA, don’t leave fate up to the prosecution. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family before it’s too late.

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Winston Wright's record-breaking opener could be a preview of what's to come for West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The first thing Neal Brown noticed was the speed.Years ago, back when Brown was the head coach at Troy, he was attending a camp at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., for high school prospects looking to show out in front of college coaches. As Brown stood on the field, a player doing a 40-yard dash streaked across his line of sight like a blur. Though Brown doesn’t remember the exact time, it was in the low 4.4s.It was all of Winston Wright Jr. that Brown needed to see. He wanted him.Their p...

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The first thing Neal Brown noticed was the speed.

Years ago, back when Brown was the head coach at Troy, he was attending a camp at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., for high school prospects looking to show out in front of college coaches. As Brown stood on the field, a player doing a 40-yard dash streaked across his line of sight like a blur. Though Brown doesn’t remember the exact time, it was in the low 4.4s.

It was all of Winston Wright Jr. that Brown needed to see. He wanted him.

Their paths would eventually cross again, with Wright signing at West Virginia in Dec. 2018 and Brown being hired as the Mountaineers’ new coach a few weeks later. Now, that promising teenager has grown into the most explosive and perhaps most intriguing scoring option Brown has.

West Virginia’s dispiriting 30-24 loss to Maryland last Saturday opened the season on a dour note, but any search for silver linings undoubtedly includes Wright. In addition to his team-high six catches for 42 yards, the junior reeled off 217 yards on five kickoff returns, breaking the program single-game record of 199 yards set by Tavon Austin in 2012.

As his team looks to recoup Saturday against LIU in its first home game of the season, Wright stands as a reason for hope.

“He had a special day,” co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Gerad Parker said. “I didn’t realize how special until all that stuff came out. I guess it was an in-game record? That’s pretty sweet company.”

That exalted status was reached largely through a 98-yard kickoff return in the final minute of the first quarter, a sequence in which Wright did everything but reach the end zone. He charged through attempted tackles, breaking through contact at the West Virginia 16 and later the 26, before finding space along the sideline, which he sprinted along before eventually being chased down by a Maryland player with a favorable angle 2 yards shy of the goal line.

One play later, the Mountaineers scored, cutting into an early 17-7 deficit and keeping them in a game that could have realistically gotten away from them.

“I just did what I was coached to do all week and what we practice,” Wright said Saturday after the game. “The scheme worked.”

In the fourth quarter, with West Virginia trailing by two with nine minutes remaining, Wright again reeled off another long return, cutting across the field to his left before quickly changing direction at his team’s 15 to slice through the defense and scamper along the sideline. After initially looking like he had scored a touchdown, it was ruled that Wright stepped out at the West Virginia 48 while trying to evade a diving tackle from Maryland’s kicker.

The performance, while historic and commendable, wasn’t exactly out of nowhere. Last season, he led the team in receptions (47) and receiving yards (553) for what was too regularly a languishing passing attack. He was the team’s primary kick returner, too, though he got more than halfway to his 2020 total of 425 yards with his outing against the Terrapins. This season, he has also added punt returns to his responsibilities, a facet of the game that provided his lone lowlight last Saturday, a bobbled return that was recovered by Maryland and ultimately led to a field goal.

“I just tried to make a move before I got the ball,” Wright said Saturday. “A little mistake turned into a turnover.”

That mistake aside, Wright justified some of the hype surrounding him entering the season. Brown had declared in the weeks leading up to the season that the Savannah, Ga., native was primed to be one of the best wide receivers in the Big 12.

“We expect him to be great,” Parker said. “He is great.”

In truth, Brown has had expectations for Wright for some time. He recruited him relentlessly at Troy and thought for a while they had a chance at landing him, but a handful of offers from Power Five programs late in the summer before his senior year of high school dashed those dreams. He was destined for a bigger stage.

One game spurred largely by one return doesn’t make a season, but it greatly increases the odds that Wright will live up to the belief his coaches have in him. He has a ways to go before he can become what Austin did — a first-team all-American and top-10 NFL draft pick — but the fact that Wright’s name appears above his in at least one spot in the program’s record book shows that the future may very well be bright.

“The thing on the kickoff returns is we blocked kickoff returns last year really well,” Brown said. “He didn’t return them as well. The thing I was excited about the other day is he didn’t stop his feet, he was decisive in his decisions and he hit them with speed. He’ll continue to do that. I think that’s going to be a real weapon for us moving forward.”

First Published September 10, 2021, 4:00am

Chatham County Health Dept. opens new COVID vaccine, testing sites

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The Chatham County Health Department opened new COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites in the western part of the county Thursday.Gulfstream has offered up a large office building with enough space to vaccinate 1,200 people in a day.“I do think it’s going to have an impact it’s going to make it convenient for people, hopefully,” said Chatham County Health Department Administrator Dr. Chris Rustin.The new site is in the Port Wentworth area at 171 Crossroads Parkway. COR...

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The Chatham County Health Department opened new COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites in the western part of the county Thursday.

Gulfstream has offered up a large office building with enough space to vaccinate 1,200 people in a day.

“I do think it’s going to have an impact it’s going to make it convenient for people, hopefully,” said Chatham County Health Department Administrator Dr. Chris Rustin.

The new site is in the Port Wentworth area at 171 Crossroads Parkway. CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) will offer vaccinations at no cost from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Pfizer vaccine — which is available to those 12 and older — will be available at the site every day. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while the Moderna vaccine will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Appointments are required and can be scheduled online at chdcovidvax.org.

“What we don’t want to see is someone becoming a statistic,” Rustin said, “and so we just strongly encourage people to consider vaccinations, to study the science, to talk to their doctor if they have questions, to talk to public health officials and look for credible information on the vaccine.”

Drive-thru PCR testing will be available at the Georgia Tech Savannah Campus (210 Technology Circle) weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

There is no cost for a test, which will be administered through Mako Medical. Pre-registration is strongly recommended for a faster visit and can be completed online at gachd.org/covidtest.

Test results should be available in about 48 hours.

“We obviously want people to get their results quickly so they can make decisions about quarantine and isolation if they need to make those decisions,” Rustin explained.

The health department continues to offer testing at the Savannah Civic Center and vaccinations at the downtown Savannah Fire station.

Anyone in need of assistance in scheduling a test can call the Coastal Health District at 912-230-9744. For help with a vaccination, call 912-230-5506.

Meanwhile, St. Joesph’s/Candler is offering free rides to those who scheduled COVID vaccine appointments through the health department. Call 912-819-2883 during business hours to schedule a ride.

New COVID-19 testing, vaccine locations now open in western Chatham Co.

CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - As cases of the Delta variant continue to rise, so too does the demand for more vaccines and testing sites.In response, the Chatham County Health Department is now adding new locations to one of the fastest growing parts of the county.“Well we all know that west Chatham has been one of the fastest growing areas of Chatham County. There’s a lot of people that live in this area, a lot of homes in this area, a lot of traffic in this area,” said Chatham County Health Department Adminis...

CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - As cases of the Delta variant continue to rise, so too does the demand for more vaccines and testing sites.

In response, the Chatham County Health Department is now adding new locations to one of the fastest growing parts of the county.

“Well we all know that west Chatham has been one of the fastest growing areas of Chatham County. There’s a lot of people that live in this area, a lot of homes in this area, a lot of traffic in this area,” said Chatham County Health Department Administrator Dr. Chris Rustin.

But what there hasn’t been a lot of is testing or vaccination sites, something the Chatham County Health Department along with Georgia Tech Savannah, Gulfstream, CORE, and Mako Medical, wanted to change.

“What we’ve been working on over the last couple of weeks is trying to stand up a vaccination and testing site in west Chatham,” said Dr. Rustin.

Now they do.

Setting up a testing site on the campus of Georgia Tech Savannah and a new vaccine clinic at Gulfstream (171 Crossroads Parkway, Savannah).

“We’ve learned from going into the community that if you make it convenient people will use it. We’re hoping that this is a convenient location for this side of town, this side of the community. That’s why I think people will use this site,” Dr. Rustin says.

Hoping to meet the growing demand for vaccines and testing.

“We’ve tested more people in the last month than we’ve tested in several months because people are concerned about the delta surge,” said Dr. Rustin.

They don’t anticipate that demand, or these sites, will go anywhere anytime soon.

“We’re going to stay here until needed. As long as there’s a demand from the public, which I think there will be for some time, we’ll keep these sites up and going,” Dr. Rustin said.

The testing site. located at 210 Technology Circle in Savannah, is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Dr. Rustin says they have the capability of doing roughly a thousand tests a day.

The vaccine clinic is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and they can do up to 12-hundred vaccinations a day.

They will offer the Pfizer vaccine every day, Johnson and Johnson on Mondays, Wednesdays and Firday, and Moderna on Tuesday and Thursdays.

To register for a COVID test click here. Results typically take 48 hours.

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Gov. Kemp Announces Bioplastics Company to Open Facility in Savannah, Creating Over 100 Jobs

Atlanta, GA – Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that bioplastics company NANTRenewables, a subsidiary of NantWorks, will invest up to $29 million to build a manufacturing facility at SeaPoint Industrial Terminal Complex in Savannah. This venture will create 134 manufacturing jobs in Chatham County. Hiring is expected to begin in early 2022.“I'm glad to welcome NANTRenewables to the number one state for business,” said Governor Kemp. “With our conservative, pro-business po...

Atlanta, GA – Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that bioplastics company NANTRenewables, a subsidiary of NantWorks, will invest up to $29 million to build a manufacturing facility at SeaPoint Industrial Terminal Complex in Savannah. This venture will create 134 manufacturing jobs in Chatham County. Hiring is expected to begin in early 2022.

“I'm glad to welcome NANTRenewables to the number one state for business,” said Governor Kemp. “With our conservative, pro-business policies and world-class infrastructure assets, I am confident NANTRenewables will thrive in the Peach State. I look forward to the solid manufacturing jobs this company will create for hardworking Georgians in our coastal region – specifically in a Federal Opportunity Zone."

NANTRenewables will manufacture unique biogenic renewable mineral plastic enhancers designed to improve performance, reduce cost, and minimize the overall carbon footprint of finished products. NANTRenewables uses a renewable and self-generating biogenic mineral to produce biodegradable, daily-use products like plates, straws, cutlery, trays, and cups. Additionally, NANTRenewables provides sustainable, value-added products to several other companies within the food, agriculture, and pharmaceutical industries.

“We selected SeaPoint for our new biogenic fillers and bioplastics manufacturing facility because of our shared values focused on sustainability as well as the site’s development-ready network of infrastructure, including roads, rail access, sea access, and nearby utility connections at this impressive industrial complex,” said Harold Meherg, a NANTRenewables senior executive. “We look forward to building our newest plant in Savannah.”

The new NANTRenewables manufacturing facility will be built on an 8.5-acre rail-served parcel at SeaPoint Industrial Terminal Complex in Savannah. This innovative multi-use industrial park is located in a Federal Opportunity Zone and also provides rail and direct deepwater access on the main shipping channel in Savannah. Individuals interested in opportunities with NANTRenewables are encouraged to visit nantbiogoods.com for additional information.

“On behalf of the Savannah Economic Development Authority, I would like to congratulate NANTRenewables for choosing to locate at the SeaPoint Industrial Terminal Complex in Savannah,” said Trip Tollison, Savannah Economic Development Authority President and CEO. “The new manufacturing facility is a great fit for Savannah, and we look forward to watching them grow in our community.”

Assistant Director Alyce Thornhill represented the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Global Commerce division on this competitive project in partnership with the Savannah Economic Development Authority and Georgia Power.

“Solutions-oriented companies continue to flock to Georgia thanks to our pro-business, innovation-centered environment, which has helped cultivate an entire sustainability ecosystem,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Many thanks to NANTRenewables for creating jobs and opportunities in Savannah and across the region. I look forward to seeing the additional growth opportunities SeaPoint Industrial Terminal Complex will continue to attract.”

SeaPoint Terminal Industrial Complex recently received authorization from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct a new private marine terminal along a one-mile embankment in the Port of Savannah, the fastest-growing container port in the nation. The berth, located on the main shipping channel at 47-foot depth, will support manufacturing operations like NANTRenewables, allowing companies to reduce or eliminate drayage by utilizing all modes of transportation, including vessels.

About NANTRenewables

Headquartered in Gadsden, Alabama, NANTRenewables processes a biogenically renewable, high-performance mineral for a wide range of end uses, including agriculture, food, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, glass, paint, paper, and bioplastics production, especially including compostable and biodegradable single-service food products, such as cutlery, straws, plates, cups, clam shells, bags, and much more. NANTRenewables, a subsidiary of NANTWorks owned by biotech entrepreneur Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, provides customers with an environmentally responsible alternative made from renewable, sustainable materials with a reduced carbon footprint. NANTRenewables products are created in the spirit of sustainability, carbon footprint reduction, and carbon sequestration without sacrificing performance.

Contact Director of Communications, Georgia Department of Economic Development

Savannah-Chatham school board discusses bus driver concerns

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) board members received an update during Wednesday’s meeting on the bus driver concerns and student transportation.One of those concerns had to do with driver and student protection from COVID. Transportation Executive Director Paul Abbott pointed out several strategies the school district has implemen...

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) board members received an update during Wednesday’s meeting on the bus driver concerns and student transportation.

One of those concerns had to do with driver and student protection from COVID. Transportation Executive Director Paul Abbott pointed out several strategies the school district has implemented, like stocking buses with PPE, and using on-board video for contact tracing and to make sure buses are thoroughly cleaned between routes.

“All of the mitigation strategies that we can put in place, not only to protect the drivers on the buses, but when they’re not on the bus. We social distance them in each of the park outs as well. We continue to address those, whatever those needs that we can meet, we make sure that we meet them,” SCCPSS Chief Operating Officer Vanessa Miller-Kaigler said.

Board President Joe Buck noted that out of all of the safeguards in place, getting more people vaccinated is still the best way to reduce the spread of the virus.

Miller-Kaigler also addressed retirement benefits for district employees.

“We’re under teacher retirement. And then there is a public school employee retirement. The decision that’s made as to who is under which system is not our choice, it’s not our decision. And we have explained that to drivers, I have provided them with that information as well,” Miller-Kaigler said.

Miller-Kaigler says she’s also had meetings with driver representatives about the current pay period structure for drivers.

On the topic of ongoing conversations with drivers and listening to their concerns, Buck had this to say.

“Sometimes I have gotten the impression lately that the listening is going one way only. When we leave students out on the street, when we don’t come into work like we should, it is really hard for me as a board member to hear what you’re saying,” he said.

Board members and staff also commended the job fill-in drivers did late last week and early this week, as well as those who didn’t call out and drove multiple routes. And one initiative the district is considering is providing driving training for employees who want to get a CDL license, so if the need arises again, they can step in and help.

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