The Person County Schools will welcome a familiar face to take the helm of its Transportation Department. Carol Bowes was named Director of Transportation at a special called board meeting this week and will officially take the lead role on November 1 following Gregg Foushee’s retirement. Bowes will be responsible for monitoring bus routes, implementing/monitoring the bus safety program, preparing the transportation department budget, supervising and evaluating transportation department personnel, and other duties as needed.
“Carol has over 20 years of experience in school bus transportation. This experience will play a key role in our ability to successfully maintain effective procedures within the department,” stated Superintendent Danny Holloman. “Drawing on these years of experience, we are confident Carol will work diligently to continually improve the current operations by working closely with our people in place to ensure safety is the first priority,” Holloman said.
In 1997, Mrs. Bowes began with PCS as a part-time Transportation Information Management System (TIMS) operator. Throughout the years, more duties were added to her position until eventually, she became full-time as the TIMS coordinator. Bowes is an active member of both local and national professional associations, including the US Department of Education Bullying Prevention and Creating Supportive Bus Climate modules, the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation, and the National Congress on School Transportation. She has served in leadership capacities on numerous boards and commissions, including serving as secretary, vice president, and president of the North Carolina Pupil Transportation Association. Mrs. Bowes is a Certified TIMS Operator, a Nationally Certified Director and Supervisor of Pupil Transportation, Nationally Certified in Transporting Special Needs Students and is NCDMV School Bus and Tanker Truck Certified. She holds Class B license with N, P, and S endorsements.
When asked about being named Director of Transportation, Carol shared, “I started working with Person County Schools transportation part time when my youngest child started kindergarten. I didn’t plan on working in transportation forever but the longer I worked with school buses the more I began to realize the importance of pupil transportation and decided to make it my career choice.” She continued, “Person County Schools has allowed me opportunities to take classes, attend conferences, and learn from others working in pupil transportation around North Carolina and the nation. This is a challenging and immensely important field. We cannot teach a student unless they first get to school….and for most students in Person County, getting to school means riding the yellow school bus. I have enjoyed working with Gregg Foushee for the last twenty two years. It would be difficult to find anyone who knows more about school bus engines than he does. Gregg is a fount of transportation wisdom and has taught me much. I am grateful for this opportunity to serve the Person County Schools as transportation director.”
Bowes is originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming. She attended Brigham Young University in Idaho where she met her husband, Tony. They moved to Person County and have raised a family of four children, Perry Bowes (Angela), Mollie Goodwrich (Kyle), Becky Pigg (Ryland), and Abby Porter (Doug). They have 13 grandchildren.