• The Cartersville School System Transportation Department makes available school bus service for more than 4,195 students enrolled in the Cartersville School System who reside within the city limits of Cartersville.  School transportation is provided in conformance with pupil transportation policies and procedures established by the State Board of Education and the Cartersville School System’s Board of Education.

    Cartersville School System’s school bus fleet meets all national and state safety specifications.  Each bus undergoes an annual safety inspection by the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety, as well as a monthly safety inspection conducted by our own Transportation fleet mechanics. 

    Each bus driver completes an intensive training program and must pass the road and written test required to secure a commercial driver's license (CDL), with Passenger, School Bus endorsements.  Each driver is required to undergo a physical examination before employment, including a drug test, and again at the beginning of each school year.  They are also subject to random drug testing throughout the school year.

    School bus transportation is a privilege and to maintain this privilege, a student must abide by established bus conduct rules.  A pupil's transportation privilege may be suspended or revoked if conduct creates a disruption or safety hazard on the school bus.  The principal or his/her designee handles all disciplinary action taken for misconduct on the school bus.

    Only authorized personnel are allowed aboard a school bus.  Authorized personnel include the driver, transportation department employees, pupils, approved school system personnel, chaperones, and law enforcement officers.


    Route Information:

    • Buses shall not be routed down a street that does not afford a satisfactory turnaround or is otherwise unsafe for bus travel.

    • Buses shall not to be routed on private property (such as apartment complexes or hotels).

    • The Director of Transportation may make an adjustment in bus stop location, if warranted, to eliminate unsafe or hazardous conditions.

    • Routes may be adjusted at any time to make the route effective and efficient.

    • Students may only be picked up and delivered to their legal address or bus stop location and cannot be picked up or delivered to businesses or any childcare establishment.


    • Make sure your child is at the bus stop at least five minutes prior to scheduled time of bus arrival. 

    • Review bus safety rules with your child and stress the necessity of observing them.

    • The bus driver is an employee of the school system and merits the respect and courtesy due all school personnel.  Teach your child to obey the bus driver.

    • Actively cooperate with school officials and school bus drivers regarding appropriate conduct of your child at the bus stop and on the bus.

    • Student behavior on school buses is considered an extension of classroom behavior.  Students whose conduct affects their safety or the safety of others on board will be disciplined.

    • Remind your child to walk on the shoulder of the road on the way to the bus stop, where possible, and not on the traveled portion of the road.

    • Remind your child to wait in a safe place, at least 12 feet off of the road, until the bus comes to a complete stop.

    • Students should not move toward the bus until the bus and all traffic has stopped.  Students should stop and look before crossing the road when preparing to board or depart the bus. 

    • Accompany very young children to the bus stop and meet them on their return from school when possible.

    • Be at your child’s bus stop in the afternoon to receive them if they attend “Kids and Company” Pre-K or the Cartersville Primary School.

    • If your child misses their morning bus, board policy states the guardian must transport the child to school. 

    Transportation Department

           by the numbers...

    •    32     Bus Drivers

    •     4      Bus Monitors

    •     4      Special Needs Buses

    •    28     Conventional Buses

    •    64     Routes per day

    •   884    Miles Traveled each day

    • 1,715 am/ 2,094 pm Students Transported each day 


Contact Us

  • Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Safety
    Ken Paige

    Administrator on Assignment (Facilities, Transportation, and Safety)
    Tharis Word

    Transportation Supervisor
    Lori Bolen

    Transportation Secretary
    Cathy Watkins