Audit Advisory for Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Source: US State of Ohio

For Immediate Release:                                                      

July 26, 2021                                                            

Audit Advisory for Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Columbus – Auditor of State Keith Faber’s office is responsible for auditing all public entities in Ohio. His mission is to protect Ohioans’ tax dollars while aggressively fighting fraud, waste and abuse of public money.

The Auditor’s office releases audit reports semiweekly and will release the following audits on Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

FFR = FINDINGS FOR RECOVERY
C = COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT
IPA = INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT
MED = MEDICAID PROGRAM INTEGRITY

Allen

Spencerville Community Improvement Corporation

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Auglaize

Auglaize County General Health District

01/01/2020 TO 12/31/2020

Belmont

Belmont County Soil and Water Conservation District

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Richland Township

  IPA

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Brown

Huntington Township

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Carroll

Carroll County Regional Planning Commission

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Champaign

Village of Christiansburg

  IPA

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Village of Woodstock

  IPA

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Coshocton

Virginia Township

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Cuyahoga

City of Independence

  IPA C

01/01/2020 TO 12/31/2020

Cleveland Heights Community Improvement Corporation

04/16/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Cuyahoga County Agricultural Society

12/01/2018 TO 11/30/2020

Regional Income Tax Agency

  IPA C

01/01/2020 TO 12/31/2020

Delaware

Village of Ostrander

  IPA

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Fairfield

Amanda Township

  IPA

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Richland Township

  IPA

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

SPARKS FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC, INC.

 MED

01/01/2018 TO 12/31/2019

Rushcreek Township

  IPA

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Franklin

Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board of Franklin County

01/01/2020 TO 12/31/2020

City of Dublin

 C

01/01/2020 TO 12/31/2020

Dublin Community Improvement Corporation

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Ohio Court of Claims

07/01/2019 TO 06/30/2021

Perry Township

  IPA

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Greene

Bath Township

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Village of Cedarville

  IPA

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Holmes

Killbuck Community Improvement Corporation

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Mechanic Township

  IPA

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Village of Killbuck

  IPA

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Jefferson

Jefferson County

 C

01/01/2020 TO 12/31/2020

Lake

Lake County Family and Children First Council

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Licking

FRANKIE L. WALKER, LPN

 MED

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2019

Lorain

City of Avon

 C

01/01/2020 TO 12/31/2020

Lorain County Land Reutilization Corporation

01/01/2020 TO 12/31/2020

Lorain County Port Authority

01/01/2020 TO 12/31/2020

Madison

Madison County Park District

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Mercer

Mercer County Board of Developmental Disabilities

 MED

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2019

Village of Coldwater

  IPA

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Paulding

Emerald Township

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Putnam

Monterey Township

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Sandusky

City of Fremont

  IPA

01/01/2020 TO 12/31/2020

Seneca

Bloom Township

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Stark

Stark Area Regional Transit Authority

 C

01/01/2020 TO 12/31/2020

Stark County Land Reutilization Corporation

01/01/2020 TO 12/31/2020

Trumbull

Warren Township

  IPA

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Union

Jerome Township

  IPA

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Warren

Mental Health Recovery Board Serviing Warren & Clinton Counties

01/01/2020 TO 12/31/2020

Wayne

Sugar Creek Township

  IPA

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Village of Burbank

  IPA

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Williams

Jefferson Township

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

Village of Holiday City

 FFR

01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2020

A full copy of each report will be available online.

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The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio is responsible for auditing more than 6,000 state and local government agencies. Under the direction of Auditor Keith Faber, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies, and promotes transparency in government.

Contact:

Allie Dumski

Press Secretary

Press@ohioauditor.gov

Public Safety Legislation Signed into Law

Source: US State of Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY — Legislation enacting several new public safety measures have been signed into law by the governor. Senate Bills 53 & 60 relax the residency requirement for members of the Kansas City Police Department, prohibit law enforcement officers from using respiratory chokeholds unless deadly force is authorized and enact several other reforms.

AFCLC, AF Cyber College host cyber LITE training event

Source: United States Air Force

Headline: AFCLC, AF Cyber College host cyber LITE training event

In keeping with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr.’s mandate of “Accelerate Change or Lose,” the Air Force Culture and Language Center is co-hosting a cyber educational event July 20-29, to take a closer look at cyber operations in today’s era of global strategic competition.

MoDOT: Greene County Route ZZ & Farm Road 182 Near Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield

Source: US State of Missouri

Greene County – The public is invited to a virtual (online) public meeting starting Monday, August 9, to learn more about plans to build a roundabout Greene County Route ZZ and Farm Road 182 west of Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield in 2023, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

The meeting will include a 10-day comment period beginning Monday, August 9, through Wednesday, August 18, and can be accessed at https://www.modot.org/online-public-meetings.

For those unable to access the online meeting, they are encouraged to contact MoDOT’s Southwest District Office at 417.895.7600 and accommodations will be made to share the information and gather feedback.

The Greene County Route ZZ/Farm Road 182 Roundabout project’s estimated total cost is $1.3 million.

Construction of the new roundabout will take place sometime in Spring of 2023.

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Attorney General Merrick B. Garland’s Statement on Aon and Willis Towers Watson Decision to Terminate Merger Agreement

Source: US Justice – Antitrust Division

Headline: Attorney General Merrick B. Garland’s Statement on Aon and Willis Towers Watson Decision to Terminate Merger Agreement

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland today released the following statement on Aon plc’s and Willis Towers Watson’s announcement that the firms agreed to terminate their planned $30 billion merger. The Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit on June 16, 2021, to stop the merger, alleging that the combination of Aon and Willis Towers Watson, the second- and third-largest insurance brokers in the world, would reduce competition for the business of American companies, effectively consolidating the industry’s “Big Three” into a Big Two.

“Highlights with Hegeman” for the Week of July 26: The Time Has Come

Source: US State of Missouri

COVID-19 is still here. For nearly a year and a half, all of us have made sacrifices to one degree or another. We have chosen to sit out family gatherings, graduations and reunions. We have opted against going somewhere for vacation, in order to keep this virus at bay and protect ourselves and our loved ones. Through it all, we have managed to make some strides against the coronavirus, but it still does not seem to be enough.

Earlier this year, breakthrough vaccinations were made public. Some require two shots, others only need one. We started to see the number of people with the virus start to level, and then drop. Our hospitals started to report lower numbers of people on ventilators. The number of deaths from COVID was dropping.

And then, suddenly, all of this started to change…again.

If you look at the numbers from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, we started to see an increase in positive COVID-19 cases in early June. Officials there say the delta variant is partially to blame for this surge. At the same time, health officials all over the country are seeing the same type of increases, along with another similarity: the bulk of new COVID cases are among people who have not been fully vaccinated.

I made the decision to get a COVID vaccination. No one forced me to do this. I was not threatened by the government to do it. For me, it was the right thing to do, not only for myself, but for everyone around me. Getting the vaccine does not make you immune to the virus. It does, though, add a layer of protection that could make the difference between a long hospital stay or death.

Getting vaccinated is also easy to do. People can visit www.MOStopsCovid.com to get the facts about the vaccines and how to get registered for a vaccination. I encourage anyone who has not yet received the vaccine to do so as soon as possible. We want to beat this virus and return to the life we knew before it. The time has come to take back our lives.

As always, please feel free to call, email or writ with your ideas or concerns. My Capitol office number is (573) 751-1415, my email is dan.hegeman@senate.mo.gov and my mailing address is Room 332, State Capitol Building, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers Honors Dr. Cato T. Laurencin

Source: US State of Connecticut

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) has chosen Dr.  Cato T. Laurencin, University Professor and Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, to receive the 2021 Hoover Medal.

The prize celebrates the civic and humanitarian achievements of an engineer whose professional and personal endeavors have advanced the well-being of humankind, and recognizes Laurencin as an extraordinary engineer who outside his role as an engineer and physician has dedicated his life to the promotion of racial and ethnic social justice and equity. He has been a mentor to generations of individuals who continue to pass on his lessons.

Laurencin, a fellow and director of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, will receive the Hoover Medal honor and deliver a related lecture during the 2021 AIChE Annual Meeting, to be held Nov. 7–11 in Boston, and online Nov. 15–19.

Established in 1929, the Hoover Medal is administered by a board representing five engineering organizations: AIChE, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Laurencin is internationally renowned for his work in biomaterials, stem cell science, nanotechnology, drug delivery systems, and for pioneering a new field, regenerative engineering. He is professor of chemical engineering, professor of materials science and engineering, and professor of biomedical engineering at UConn. He also serves as the chief executive officer of the Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering and as director of UConn’s Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Biological, Physical and Engineering Sciences. Laurencin is also the founder of AIChE’s Regenerative Engineering Society.

Pertinent to the Hoover Medal recognition, Laurencin is being lauded for mentoring a generation of underrepresented engineers. The American Association for the Advancement of Science awarded him the AAAS Mentor Award for his pivotal role in developing underrepresented engineers in the United States. Laurencin is the first person to receive all three of the principal national honors for mentoring: the AAAS Mentor Award, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math and Engineering Mentoring, and the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for Mentoring. The Society for Biomaterials created the Cato T. Laurencin Travelling Fellow Award, which supports underrepresented students pursuing biomaterials science and engineering.

Laurencin has also worked at the policy level to foster justice, equity, fairness and diversity. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, the leading journal on the subject. He founded and chaired the National Academies Roundtable on Black Men and Black Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine, aimed at addressing issues at a system level.

His work has been recognized across engineering communities. Laurencin received AIChE’s William Grimes Award, and the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Diversity Award. The National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) awarded him its highest honor, the Percy Julian Medal.

Laurencin is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the first individual to receive both the oldest and highest award of the National Academy of Engineering (the Simon Ramo Founder’s Award) and one of the oldest and highest awards of the National Academy of Medicine (the Walsh McDermott Medal).

Internationally, he is an elected fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, the India National Academy of Sciences, the Indian National Academy of Engineering, and the World Academy of Sciences. Laurencin is also an Academician and the 45th foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. An international fellow in biomaterials science and engineering, he received the Founders Award from the Society for Biomaterials, and the Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal.

Laurencin earned his BSE in chemical engineering from Princeton University; his M.D., Magna Cum Laude, from the Harvard Medical School; and his Ph.D. in biochemical engineering and biotechnology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In 2016, Laurencin received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama in ceremonies at the White House. It is the highest honor bestowed in America for technological achievement. In 2021, Dr. Laurencin was awarded the Spingarn Medal, the highest honor of the NAACP for his work in Regenerative Engineering.

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is a professional society of more than 60,000 chemical engineers in 110 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities, and government using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society. Through its varied programs, AIChE continues to be a focal point for information exchange on the frontiers of chemical engineering research in such areas as energy, sustainability, biological and environmental engineering, nanotechnology, and chemical plant safety and security. More information about AIChE is available at www.aiche.org.

Tech Training Transformation modernizes tech training with virtual reality

Source: United States Air Force

Headline: Tech Training Transformation modernizes tech training with virtual reality

Futuristic training, the kind of immersive simulations seen in sci-fi TV shows, is no longer a fictional dream. It’s almost here. With the Tech Training Transformation team’s creation of a virtual reality training system coordinated by artificial intelligence, Air Education and Training Command officials are transforming the Airmen development process.

Smoke from wildfires will affect air quality in Maine on Monday and Tuesday

Source: US State of Maine

July 26, 2021

CONTACT: David Madore, Communications Director, (207) 287-5842, david.madore@maine.gov

AUGUSTA, July 26, 2021 – Particle pollution concentrations have begun to rise in the Western Mountains region several hours earlier than expected on Monday, July 26th according to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP. This is due to smoke from fires in central & western Canada as well the western US moving into the region and reaching the ground. Levels in Maine are expected to continue rising through the day from Northwest to Southeast. We expect that particle pollution levels will remain high overnight and through much of Tuesday. Levels are expected to clear out Tuesday evening.

The standard for particle pollution is a 24-hour average and we believe that the average beginning midday on Monday through Tuesday afternoon and possibly into the early evening hours will reach the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range on the Air Quality Index for Maine. Northern areas are expected to clean out first on Tuesday while the remainder of the state is not likely to see cleaner air until evening.

Please check the web site as that will be updated frequently: https://www.maine.gov/dep/air/ozone/index.html

At elevated particle pollution levels, children, healthy adults who exert themselves, and individuals suffering from a respiratory disease such as asthma, bronchitis or COPD can experience reduced lung function and irritation. When this happens, individuals may notice a shortness of breath, coughing, throat irritation, and/or experience an uncomfortable sensation in their chest. Additionally, those with a heart disease should also follow these recommendations.

Some actions you can take to protect your health during periods of unhealthy air quality include:

  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activity.
  • If you are indoors, close windows and circulate indoor air with a fan or air conditioner.
  • The Maine CDC Asthma Prevention and Control Program has asthma information available at their web site: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/population-health/mat/
  • For more information on asthma control visit EPA’s Web site epa.gov/asthma to find information about asthma triggers and lessons on asthma management.

In addition to those in a sensitive group, sports coaches, elder care workers, nurses and others who are responsible for the welfare of people impacted by poor air quality are urged to use one of the listed tools to follow the Air Quality Forecast:

For more information call the contacts listed above or go to DEPs air quality web site http://www.maine.gov/dep/air/ozone/

Bus driver, bus aide shortage challenges Delaware schools

Source: US State of Delaware

Bus driver, bus aide shortage challenges Delaware schools – State of Delaware News

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Bus driver, bus aide shortage challenges Delaware schoolsDate Posted: July 26, 2021
Mental Health Parity Examinations Find Inequities in Insurer BehaviorDate Posted: July 26, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – JULY 23, 2021: Delaware Sees Uptick In New COVID-19 CasesDate Posted: July 23, 2021
DOJ secures conviction in 2018 double murderDate Posted: July 23, 2021
Forest Service Awards $40,000 to Fire CompaniesDate Posted: July 22, 2021
Governor Carney Signs Clean Water for Delaware ActDate Posted: July 22, 2021
COVID Vaccine Locations, Testing, In-Home and School-Based TestingDate Posted: July 22, 2021
AG Jennings Announces $26 Billion Agreement With Opioid Distributors/ManufacturerDate Posted: July 22, 2021
Governor Carney Signs Body Camera LegislationDate Posted: July 21, 2021
Delaware Wildfire Crew Heads to Northern RockiesDate Posted: July 21, 2021
DNREC to Host White Clay Creek State Park Master Plan Public MeetingDate Posted: July 21, 2021
Delaware Has Preserved 143,000 Acres of Farmland After 25th RoundDate Posted: July 21, 2021
Information Session for White Creek Dredging Project to be Held on July 28Date Posted: July 20, 2021
Governor Carney Signs Legislation to Raise the Minimum Wage to $15Date Posted: July 19, 2021
DPH Announces COVID-19 $15M Testing Partnership With Quidel In SchoolsDate Posted: July 19, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – July 16, 2021: Delta Variant Now Predominant Variant Strain in DelawareDate Posted: July 16, 2021
Delaware Engine Crew on California’s Dexter FireDate Posted: July 16, 2021
Division of Small Business Announces Market Pressure Relief Fund Available for State ContractorsDate Posted: July 15, 2021
Delaware Captive Insurance Legislation Signed by GovernorDate Posted: July 15, 2021
FREE Medical, Eye and Dental CareDate Posted: July 15, 2021
Curative, Delaware’s COVID-19 Testing Partner, to Shift Completely to New Testing Method by July 15Date Posted: July 14, 2021
State Resolves Natural Resource Damage ClaimsDate Posted: July 13, 2021
Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance to Gather Feedback on Managed Care Organizations, Ways to Improve ProgramDate Posted: July 13, 2021
State Auditor McGuiness Says Jeanne Jugan Residence ‘Unauditable’Date Posted: July 13, 2021
Covid-19 Update and Virtual Town Hall: July 13, 7:00pmDate Posted: July 12, 2021
Lt. Gov Hall-Long Roundtable Discussion July 13, 2:00pmDate Posted: July 12, 2021
Governor Carney Lifts COVID-19 State of EmergencyDate Posted: July 12, 2021
Secretary Magarik Announces Leadership Changes at Department of Health and Social ServicesDate Posted: July 12, 2021
Despite End of State of Emergency, DHSS Guidance for Visitation at Delaware’s Long-Term Care Facilities Will ContinueDate Posted: July 12, 2021
ALEINE COHEN NAMED DTI DEPUTY CIODate Posted: July 12, 2021
Advances in Primary Care Reform Made Possible by LegislatureDate Posted: July 12, 2021
DNREC, DPH Offer Tips About TicksDate Posted: July 12, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update-July 9, 2021: No New COVID-19 Deaths Reported in The Last Seven DaysDate Posted: July 9, 2021
DNREC to Close Section of Tri-Valley Trail for RepairsDate Posted: July 9, 2021
STATEMENT: Governor Carney on Appointment to Council of Governors by President BidenDate Posted: July 8, 2021
7th Delaware Devoted Dads Virtual SummitDate Posted: July 8, 2021
DNREC Issues Notice of Violation to Donovan Smith Mobile Home Park, LLCDate Posted: July 8, 2021
Delaware Division of the Arts Announces First Round of Grants in Support of Arts Projects for Fiscal Year 2022Date Posted: July 8, 2021
AG Jennings Sues Google for Antitrust Law ViolationDate Posted: July 8, 2021
Delaware’s P-EBT Program Will Provide One-Time Benefits to Feed Children During SummerDate Posted: July 8, 2021
Register Now — Virtual Life Conference for People with DisabilitiesDate Posted: July 7, 2021
Division for the Visually Impaired Hosts ‘Blind & Socially Savvy’ Transition Program Event at Delaware State UniversityDate Posted: July 7, 2021
DEMA Encourages Preparations for Tropical Storm ElsaDate Posted: July 7, 2021
WATAR 2021Date Posted: July 7, 2021
Independence Day Holiday Weekend DUI Checkpoint ResultsDate Posted: July 6, 2021
Keith Gibson Indicted On 41 Felony Charges For Multiple Murders, Assaults, And RobberiesDate Posted: July 6, 2021
Delaware STEM students honored at national student conferenceDate Posted: July 6, 2021
Check for Recalled Tyson Chicken Products: DPH Identifies Case of Listeria Linked to Multi-State OutbreakDate Posted: July 5, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – JULY 2, 2021: Delaware Achieves President Biden’s Vaccination GoalDate Posted: July 2, 2021
Emergency Sirens To Be Tested TuesdayDate Posted: July 2, 2021
Deadly Poison Hemlock and Spotted Water Hemlock Found in DelawareDate Posted: July 2, 2021
Skunk in Newark Tests Positive For RabiesDate Posted: July 1, 2021
Governor Carney Announces Summer Acceleration MilestonesDate Posted: July 1, 2021
STATEMENTS: Governor Carney and Dr. Rattay on Delaware Reaching 70 Percent Vaccination GoalDate Posted: July 1, 2021
July 10, 2021 Trivia Event at Johnson Victrola Museum CancelledDate Posted: July 1, 2021
Energy Program Services Available OnlineDate Posted: July 1, 2021
Governor Carney Signs Fiscal Year 2022 Operating and Capital BudgetsDate Posted: June 30, 2021
Governor Carney Signs Legislation to Expand and Make Permanent Opportunity Funding in Schools Date Posted: June 30, 2021
Scientists Investigate Mysterious Songbird Deaths in Delaware, Several Other States and D.C. AreaDate Posted: June 30, 2021
20 Delaware Teachers Named Local Teachers of the YearDate Posted: June 30, 2021
Auditor McGuiness: Time to Reform Pharmacy Benefit Manager’s Oversight of State Employees’ Prescription Drug PlanDate Posted: June 30, 2021
Statement from AG Jennings on House passage of Senate Bill 147Date Posted: June 29, 2021
Garrisons Lake Boat Ramp to Temporarily Close for ReconstructionDate Posted: June 29, 2021
June 29, 2021: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: June 29, 2021
Office of the State Treasurer Completes ARPA Funds DistributionDate Posted: June 29, 2021
Delaware Office Of Highway Safety Activates July 4th Statewide DUI Checkpoints + Soberlift Program At The BeachesDate Posted: June 28, 2021
Every Public School Student Now Has Digital Access To BooksDate Posted: June 28, 2021
Governor Carney Announces Additional DE Wins Raffle PrizesDate Posted: June 28, 2021
Work Based Learning & Jobs For Students And Adults With DisabilitiesDate Posted: June 28, 2021
2021 Diabetes Report Recommends Increasing Access to Programs and Establishing Delaware Diabetes RegistryDate Posted: June 28, 2021
Delaware Engine Crew Fighting Colorado WildfireDate Posted: June 28, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – June 25, 2021: Delaware Nears President Biden’s Vaccination GoalDate Posted: June 25, 2021
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing SitesDate Posted: June 25, 2021
Dejoynay Ferguson Sentenced to Life In Prison for Murder, Abuse of Child VictimsDate Posted: June 25, 2021
Ruth Ann Irwin, BG (Ret.) Sworn in as the U.S. Selective Service System’s Delaware State DirectorDate Posted: June 25, 2021
STATEMENT: Governor Carney on Bipartisan Infrastructure FrameworkDate Posted: June 24, 2021
STATEMENT: Governor Carney on Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Passing General AssemblyDate Posted: June 24, 2021
Statement from AG Jennings on final passage of House Bill 195Date Posted: June 24, 2021
Historical Affairs to Sponsor 4 Programs During July 2021Date Posted: June 24, 2021
El gobernador Carney levantará el Estado de Emergencia por COVID-19 el 13 de julioDate Posted: June 24, 2021
Rebate Program for Electric Vehicles ExtendedDate Posted: June 24, 2021
Governor Carney Issues Statement on Senate ConfirmationsDate Posted: June 23, 2021
Youth Fishing Tournament Results AnnouncedDate Posted: June 23, 2021
Delaware emitirá beneficios de emergencia para Junio para hogares elegibles de SNAP, TANF y de asistencia generalDate Posted: June 22, 2021
Del. Will Issue Emergency Benefits for June to All SNAP Households, Eligible TANF and General Assistance HouseholdsDate Posted: June 22, 2021
June 22, 2021: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: June 22, 2021
State Auditor McGuiness Demands $24.5M in Overcharges Back From State Employees’ PBM, Express ScriptsDate Posted: June 21, 2021
AG Jennings Announces More than 120 Charges in NorthPak Gang IndictmentDate Posted: June 21, 2021
Governor’s Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Board Honors Statewide Winners of Video PSA Scholarship ContestDate Posted: June 21, 2021
Weekly COVID-19 Update – June 18, 2021: Delaware Cases, Hospitalizations On Steady DeclineDate Posted: June 18, 2021
Student State Board of Education Member Application Due July 2Date Posted: June 18, 2021
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing SitesDate Posted: June 18, 2021
State Auditor McGuiness Estimates State Overpaid Its Pharmacy Benefit Manager by $24.5 Million over Three YearsDate Posted: June 17, 2021
Governor Carney Signs Black History Education LegislationDate Posted: June 17, 2021
Governor, DHSS Offer Providers Second Round of COVID-19 Support through Health Care Relief FundDate Posted: June 17, 2021
AG Jennings applauds Senate passage of opioid settlement legislationDate Posted: June 16, 2021
Delaware Forum on Racial History and JuneteenthDate Posted: June 16, 2021
Unfair Business Practices Bill Passes Senate, Ready for Governor’s Signature Date Posted: June 15, 2021
AG Jennings Announces Formal Murder Charge in Killing of Cpl. Keith HeacookDate Posted: June 15, 2021
Governor Carney to Lift COVID-19 State of Emergency on July 13Date Posted: June 15, 2021

Department of Education | News | Date Posted: Monday, July 26, 2021

Like the rest of the nation, Delaware faces a school bus driver shortage. School districts and charter schools have been working hard to recruit new employees, but unfortunately report few new applicants into the field. Bus driver shortages was a challenge prior to the pandemic. Since the pandemic, the shortage has worsened because the average age of our school bus drivers puts them into higher risk categories.
As Delaware’s school districts and charter schools prepare for the 2021-22 school year, local officials report the need for more drivers across the state. This staffing shortage also extends to bus aides, who assist with special transportation requirements for students. Because the timeline for getting school bus drivers properly trained and credentialed is governed by federal and state law and regulations, our school districts and charter schools are feeling intense pressure to hire staff immediately so they have staff ready for the start of the school year.
The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) has been working with our school district/charter school partners to support them with this challenge. DDOE continued to provide driver and aide training throughout the pandemic. The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles is also supporting our efforts by scheduling road tests in a timely manner and accepting S endorsements from other states once the school bus drivers meet the Delaware training requirements. The state is also offering a stipend to those who complete the training and become fully licensed.
To attract more candidates, the state has increased bus driver compensation and created additional financial incentives, such as double tier and triple tier allowances to more accurately compensate drivers that service more than one route. DDOE is developing a small group of stakeholders to explore additional opportunities that may help address or alleviate these staffing shortages, and the state’s Public School Transportation Committee is continuing to evaluate the funding formula and other transportation-related issues
The media can help by publicly sharing information on school bus driver/aide requirements.
Qualifications to become a School Bus Driverso Must be 18 years or oldero Obtain a CDL-Individual will have to study the CDL manual and pass knowledge test at DMV to receive permit-Districts/Employers will provide trainers to teach the skills needed to past the road test at DMVo Complete a Delaware School Bus Driver Background Checko Complete Child Protection Registryo Pre-Employment Drug Testingo Delaware School Bus Driver Physical (w/tb screening)o Complete Behind the Wheel Trainingo Attend Delaware School Bus Driver Training School 2-day class (Offered in each county monthly)o Disqualifying Factors-Not have more than five (5) points (full point value) on the applicant’s three (3) year driving record. NOTE: Recalculated points and the Defensive Driving Course three (3) point credits do not apply to (S) endorsement holders in meeting this requirement.-Not have had the applicant’s license suspended, revoked or disqualified in this State or any other jurisdiction for moving violations in the last five (5) years. This five (5) year period will begin from the date the suspension, revocation or disqualification has been cleared. Certified driving records from other jurisdictions may be requested from these applicants for the DMV to verify compliance with this section.-Never been convicted of any crime under the laws of this State or any other jurisdiction as specified in 21 Del.C. §2708(b)(7).
Qualifications to become a School Bus Aideo Must be 18 years or oldero Attend Delaware School Bus Driver/Aide Training (Offered in each county monthly)o Complete a Public School Employee background checko Complete Child Protection Registryo Pre-Employment Drug Testingo School Bus Aide Physical (w/TB screening)
Those interested in becoming a School Bus Driver/Aide can contract the DDOE, Transportation Office at (302) 857-3390 or via email DOESchool.Transportation@doe.k12.de.us.

Media contact: Alison May, alison.may@doe.k12.de.us, 302-735-4006
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Department of Education | News | Date Posted: Monday, July 26, 2021

Like the rest of the nation, Delaware faces a school bus driver shortage. School districts and charter schools have been working hard to recruit new employees, but unfortunately report few new applicants into the field. Bus driver shortages was a challenge prior to the pandemic. Since the pandemic, the shortage has worsened because the average age of our school bus drivers puts them into higher risk categories.
As Delaware’s school districts and charter schools prepare for the 2021-22 school year, local officials report the need for more drivers across the state. This staffing shortage also extends to bus aides, who assist with special transportation requirements for students. Because the timeline for getting school bus drivers properly trained and credentialed is governed by federal and state law and regulations, our school districts and charter schools are feeling intense pressure to hire staff immediately so they have staff ready for the start of the school year.
The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) has been working with our school district/charter school partners to support them with this challenge. DDOE continued to provide driver and aide training throughout the pandemic. The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles is also supporting our efforts by scheduling road tests in a timely manner and accepting S endorsements from other states once the school bus drivers meet the Delaware training requirements. The state is also offering a stipend to those who complete the training and become fully licensed.
To attract more candidates, the state has increased bus driver compensation and created additional financial incentives, such as double tier and triple tier allowances to more accurately compensate drivers that service more than one route. DDOE is developing a small group of stakeholders to explore additional opportunities that may help address or alleviate these staffing shortages, and the state’s Public School Transportation Committee is continuing to evaluate the funding formula and other transportation-related issues
The media can help by publicly sharing information on school bus driver/aide requirements.
Qualifications to become a School Bus Driverso Must be 18 years or oldero Obtain a CDL-Individual will have to study the CDL manual and pass knowledge test at DMV to receive permit-Districts/Employers will provide trainers to teach the skills needed to past the road test at DMVo Complete a Delaware School Bus Driver Background Checko Complete Child Protection Registryo Pre-Employment Drug Testingo Delaware School Bus Driver Physical (w/tb screening)o Complete Behind the Wheel Trainingo Attend Delaware School Bus Driver Training School 2-day class (Offered in each county monthly)o Disqualifying Factors-Not have more than five (5) points (full point value) on the applicant’s three (3) year driving record. NOTE: Recalculated points and the Defensive Driving Course three (3) point credits do not apply to (S) endorsement holders in meeting this requirement.-Not have had the applicant’s license suspended, revoked or disqualified in this State or any other jurisdiction for moving violations in the last five (5) years. This five (5) year period will begin from the date the suspension, revocation or disqualification has been cleared. Certified driving records from other jurisdictions may be requested from these applicants for the DMV to verify compliance with this section.-Never been convicted of any crime under the laws of this State or any other jurisdiction as specified in 21 Del.C. §2708(b)(7).
Qualifications to become a School Bus Aideo Must be 18 years or oldero Attend Delaware School Bus Driver/Aide Training (Offered in each county monthly)o Complete a Public School Employee background checko Complete Child Protection Registryo Pre-Employment Drug Testingo School Bus Aide Physical (w/TB screening)
Those interested in becoming a School Bus Driver/Aide can contract the DDOE, Transportation Office at (302) 857-3390 or via email DOESchool.Transportation@doe.k12.de.us.

Media contact: Alison May, alison.may@doe.k12.de.us, 302-735-4006
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