Massachusetts National Guard, Lawrence Lowell, Worcester Woburn Quincy discussed on Radio Boston
As of today members of the massachusetts national guard are driving school buses lawrence and lynn. This after governor. Charlie baker activated the guard monday to help with shortages and chelsea lawrence lowell and linz since then worcester woburn quincy and revere also signed up about a hundred twenty guard members of trained and receive their licenses mostly to drive these special seventy school bus transport while they're really vans vehicles that take students with a variety of special needs to school. So how did we get here. We welcome superintendent. I'll meet a beta of chelsea public schools and drew damian director of transportation and facility rental palmer public schools. He's also the president of the massachusetts association of pupil transportation. Superintendent obata welcome back. Thank you with always nice to be here good to have you andrew. Welcome to the show. Thank you for having me. good afternoon. So superintendent debate. I'm going to start with you. Take us to the moment when you heard that the governor was going to bring up the national guard to drive school buses. What did you think in. How quickly did you sign on. Well i received a call actually just always last week So everything has been moving very fast. And so when i received a call. Hey would you. Would you be interested in this. And i had no idea what my other colleagues superintendent call leads were doing but when i heard it i'm an i'm receiving phone calls over here. At central office are buses are running late parents or upset because Whatever reason and i was like absolutely signed me up so I was excited just to get all any any help. That i could get so Where's this very grateful for The commissioner and our governor for for thinking out of the box and being creative and finding a solution to help us so drew two questions. I want to ask you at once. I think it lasts because of what the superintendent just said thinking outside of the box. I admit when i first heard it i thought wow that cannot be typical to have national guards. People driving school buses. Am i wrong or is this pretty out of the box. This is pretty outside box. actually we You know around the state. When this i was an inst- A lot of eyebrows did go up in the air But one of the things that that i like to Say as i represent the districts. in ma pt is. We need to think outside the box. We need to think with the glass..