State honors local schools' transportation director

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By Katie Saltz

Something is unusual about the complaints concerning transportation in Anderson County Schools.

"We don't get them," said Roy Prince, manager of transportation for the State Department of Education.

Prince said Anderson County School's transportation system has risen to new heights over the past few years, and now the man behind that change is being recognized.

Director of Transportation Chuck Fletcher was named Director of the Year by the Kentucky State Department of Education. Fletcher was chosen after a fairly detailed process which took place over a period of months, said Prince.

"It was his year," Prince said. "He deserves it."

When choosing a candidate for director of the year, Prince said the board looks for leadership, improvement in the school district and a candidate going "above and beyond."

That is something Fletcher's colleagues agree he has done. Russell Williamson, a driver and training instructor for the school district, said Fletcher's decisions always reflected the safety and well-being of the children.

"His top priority is the kids," Williamson said. "There are 160 districts in the state and he was chosen over all of those."

Fletcher said he has been in the school system for more than 30 years, five or six of those as transportation director. He said he has grown throughout his time in the school system and he was grateful to be recognized.

"More than anything it's an honor and a privilege," Fletcher said. "My whole attitude is we want to be the best and we're out there for the kids."

In looking at Fletcher's biography during the voting process, Prince said he was in awe at Fletcher's involvement not just with the transportation department, but in his community.

"I don't know how he's ever home," Prince said. "He served on just about every committee we have. He is insightful and very proactive, he is absolutely a model for the job."