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School buses pass state inspections

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The members of the Transportation Department of Clay Community School Corportation like the number 13. This is the 13th year in a row that every school bus passed the Indiana State Police 45-point inspection. Pictured are summer helper from Northview High School Derek Rose, garage supervisor Chris McVay and mechanics Mark McIntire and Matt Misner.
It's "Lucky 13" for the Transportation Department of Clay Community School Corporation: Every school bus passed the Indiana State Police 45-point inspection on July 18th and 19th.

"Each year it's our goal to get 75 certification-stickers," Transportation Director Frank Misner said. "This is the 13th year in a row we passed the inspection."

Misner estimates more than 960 buses have gone through the inspection during that time.

"It's really very impressive to watch the team effort that it takes to get these buses ready," Misner said. "Our mechanics, drivers and support staff all did a great job to prepare for the inspection."

Starting the last day of school, every inch of a school bus is cleaned and checked in preparation for the inspection.

While bus drivers clean and maintain the inside and outside of their buses, the garage mechanics check and make sure everything from light bulbs, to windshield wipers and the engine works.

All the attention to even the smallest of details by the Transportation Department staff makes the inspection process easy for members of the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division.

"The transportation staff really do a great job," ISP Sgt. Jim Jackson, lead inspector, said. "Our main objective is the safety of the school bus, and when you have a transportation director and a staff that really care about the buses and the safety and welfare of the students that will travel in them it makes an inspector's job much easier."

With the inspection being the most extensive ever, Garage Supervisor Chris McVay said the mechanics and the drivers were proud to go the "extra mile" to ensure the safety of the students.

"This really was a team effort," McVay said of his first bus inspection as garage supervisor. "Everyone did their part."

"I'm quite proud to be a part of this team," Misner said. "When school starts on Aug. 15, the Transportation Department will be ready to roll."

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