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Meet the Broad Street Garage Supervisor

Meet the Broad Street Garage Supervisor

Nadine Miller has been with the District a little over 11 years. She started out as a bus attendant and continually moved up the department ladder to later become a driver, and then a dispatcher. Currently, she serves as Supervisor at the Broad Street Garage location. Being centrally located, her small fleet of 100 buses…

Meet the Passyunk Garage Supervisor

Meet the Passyunk Garage Supervisor

Freda Grant has been with the School District of Philadelphia for 16 years. She started out as a part-time bus driver and later became an acting dispatcher. After completing her duties as a dispatcher, she was promoted to be an acting street supervisor. Freda says working for the District, and raising three of her children…

Meet the Shallcross Garage Supervisor

Meet the Shallcross Garage Supervisor

Krystal Wright-Copper has been with the School District of Philadelphia for 11 years. She started out as a driver, and continued her career to become a dispatcher. She currently serves as the Shallcross Garage Supervisor, where she oversees nearly 85 drivers who transport Philadelphia children to and from school everyday. Krystal’s tasks include communicating with…

We're Hiring Bus Drivers!

We’re Hiring Bus Drivers!

The Garage Operations team is actively recruiting bus chauffeurs and is hosting in-person job fairs on three upcoming Wednesdays, May 26, June 9, and June 16, 2021. They are also hosting a virtual information session on Tuesday, June 1. Applicants will receive informative information about the processes to become a bus chauffeur, and the free…

SEPTA Fare Card

SEPTA Fare Card

Beginning with the 2021-22 school year, School District of Philadelphia students will no longer use weekly Transpasses. Students in grades 5 through 12 who are eligible to board a SEPTA trolley, bus, or subway will use the new, contact-free chipped SEPTA Student Fare Card. The Student Fare Card can be used throughout the school year,…

Meet the Field Coordinator

Meet the Field Coordinator

Eileen joined the School District of Philadelphia in 1998, and has served in various capacities within the Division during her tenure. Her experience, institutional knowledge, and leadership have supported growth and improvement over the years, allowing the Division to better serve students. Eileen leads a team of eleven Field Supervisors, and together, they bring over…

Meet the Field Supervisors

Meet the Field Supervisors

The Food Service Field Supervisors play an integral role in the successful operation of the Division. Their oversight and leadership evolve central office thoughts and ideas into everyday practice in the field. In addition, these supervisors have helped take the Division to the next level throughout their years of service, embracing change and supporting growth…

From Tickets and Clickers to Technology!

From Tickets and Clickers to Technology!

Student meal tickets and clickers became obsolete after 2005 when the Division rolled out a Point of Sale Accounting/Inventory System. Pin pads and scanners helped speed up the flow of students in the cafeteria, and made meal claiming a more straightforward process. Although the enormous shift in operations took time, energy, and patience at all…

Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act and Meal Requirement Changes

Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act and Meal Requirement Changes

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act introduced several new guidelines to assist school children in obtaining the nutrition they needed for healthy growth and development. Offering wholesome meals to the students wasn’t new to the Division, but meeting the regulations included with the improved nutrition standards was no easy feat. For the first time in more…

Community Eligibility Provision

Community Eligibility Provision

Implementation of the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) in the 2014-15 SY allowed all students in Philadelphia to receive breakfast, lunch, and after-school meals at no charge, regardless of family income. This welcome change not only ensured all students had access to healthy meals, but also eliminated the administrative burden of collecting paper applications and money…