Clay Community School Bus Garage Supervisor Jerry Fortune watches members of the Indiana State Police inspection crew perform a 45-point check list on one of 73 school buses owned by the corporation Thursday morning. For the 11th consecutive year, every school bus passed the inspection.
Since the last day of school in May, bus drivers and mechanics have gone over every inch of every school bus in preparation for the Indiana State Police 45-point inspection. This is the 11th year in a row that all 73 school buses pass the inspection.
"It's really very impressive to watch the team effort that it takes to get these buses ready," said Frank Misner, transportation director for the Clay Community Schools Corporation. "We have a great staff of drivers and mechanics. They sure make my job a lot easier."
Misner said the staff takes pride in making sure the buses are ready and available for the more than 4,000 students in the corporation on the first day of school.
Bus drivers clean and maintain the inside of their buses. Some drivers even wax the floors of their buses before the inspections, according to Misner.
The mechanics take care of everything else. It's their job to check and make sure everything from the windshield wipers to the engine works.
"These are some of the best and most well-kept buses I get to inspect," said Phil Snowbrick, Master Trooper of the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division. "It's a real pleasure to come here each year. These guys take really good care of these vehicles. They do a great job."
The first day of school for students and the school buses is Aug. 16.