SMITHFIELD – Several Johnston County parents, and some school system employees, reached out to Johnston County Report last week claiming a Johnston County Public School supervisor had been posting TikTok music videos online that were made at his workplace. They questioned how the supervisor had time to make the videos when JCPS Transportation Services is reportedly behind schedule on routing buses for the start of the new school year.
During a July 21st special session of the Johnston County School Board, Chad Holloman, Director of Transportation Services said his department would need an additional five weeks to plan new bus routes, plus an additional one to two weeks for schools to give them additional data they will require to plan the routes. That prompted the school board to delay the opening of school campuses until September 8th for students in grades K-5. School will begin August 17th online in a virtual learning platform for students in grades K-12.
The music videos were reportedly posted by Danny Williams, a transportation supervisor for Johnston County Public Schools. The videos appear to have been made inside JCPS buildings, inside and outside school buses, and on school property. The concerned citizens questioned how Mr. Williams had so much free time on his hands when there were 300 bus routes that needed to be planned. They also questioned if other duties, including safety and maintenance checks on school buses, were being handled and properly supervised.
One parent said they are still trying to figure out daycare options for their children starting Aug. 17th because they have to work and was upset by what they saw. “I would think employees such as him would be working nights and weekends tirelessly… seems like there’s at least one employee that has some free time and could help with bus routes.”
Williams reportedly published the videos on social media between July 7th and July 23rd. Williams labels himself ”The Bus Boss” in the videos. One video he labeled “Supposed to be working.”
JoCoReport reached out to Mr. Williams for a comment on the videos. He did not return our calls.
Mr. Holloman, the Director of Transportation Services, said in a text Tuesday morning, “We are aware of the concern and it is being reviewed.”
School Board Chairman Todd Sutton declined to comment Monday calling it a personnel issue. Mr. Sutton said Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy would be releasing a statement later in the day. As of our news deadline Tuesday, we had not received a statement from Dr. Bracy.
Mr. Williams was hired in 2006 as JCPS Transportation Supervisor.