Washington Co., Tenn. school bus drivers drug tested for first time since 2014

Washington County, Tenn. Director of Schools Kimber Halliburton

Twenty-one school bus drivers in Washington County, Tenn. were drug tested on Wednesday, the first screening of school bus drivers in the district since 2014.

Randy Adams was fired as the transportation supervisor last week after incidents involving a driver falling asleep at the wheel, and another being arrested for D.U.I.

Following the incidents, Kimber Halliburton, the director of schools, requested records from recent drug tests. Adams was unable to produce any records for the past three years.

Halliburton, and other leaders within the district, met with state education officials this week to evaluate school bus safety policies. She is now taking responsibility for school bus drivers going untested for several years.

"I take full responsibility for everything that happens in Washington County, good or bad," Halliburton told WCYB. "I take full responsibility for the lack of testing of our drivers."

Moving forward, the district plans to implement more checks and balances to show parents that kids are safe when they leave for school. Halliburton says forms have been ordered so parents can report any suspicious activity with buses at any area school, in addition to the hotline number posted on the back of buses.

Halliburton has also proposed raising the salary for the transportation supervisor position from $54,000 a year to $60,000 in order to recruit more qualified candidates.

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