Jackson Public School District, Superintendent, Dr. Cedrick Gray held a press conference Monday to address the recent bus driver protest and announce new initiatives for improving JPS transportation operations. The bus driver strike ended Monday, December 16th. Bus drivers wanted better working conditions, better wages and more discipline on the bus. The strike began December 4th. Drivers had a meeting with Gray on Friday, December 13th to discuss their grievances with the superintendent. At the press conference, Gray says that the district is working to form a "Superintendent Advisory Counsel" for the operations division including transportation. Gray also says that the district will launch a special internal audit of operations which will include the transportation department and continue to identify efficiencies across the district. The superintendent also took a ride on a school bus this Monday, he says, "it was a very pleasant experience this morning." At the beginning of the press conference Gray announced that he would not take any follow up questions after his announcement. News Channel 12 filed a Freedom of Information Act request last Monday seeking information about substitute bus drivers driving students during the strike. We still have not received a reply from the district.