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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

June 25, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County School leaders hope a new transportation director will help ease the transition into staggered school starting times and help smooth over problems with bus drivers.

John Lyles replaces Willie Griffin who retired at the end of May after 43-years of service. Lyles comes to Dougherty from the Clayton County School System where he managed a staff of 700 who transported 35,000 students.

Bus schedules will change drastically this year as the Dougherty County System adjust school start and end times.

"One of the things that we are very pleased about is he had worked in a school system that already had the tiered start times. And so we already know that he knows this process. As a professional, he will work to bring transportation to higher level," said Superintendent Dr. Sally Whatley.

There's also been turmoil with bus drivers who repeatedly complained about safety and pay issues. Wednesday Lyles met the president of the bus drivers union who said she hoped he would improve relations with the drivers.

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