California School Buses Receive Over 90 Percent on Inspection

Bryan Potter, right, watches as Bryan Ice, inspector for the Missouri State Highway Patrol, checks the engine during the bus inspections.

Bryan Potter, right, watches as Bryan Ice, inspector for the Missouri State Highway Patrol, checks the engine during the bus inspections. Photo by John Inman.

Every year inspectors from the Missouri State Highway Patrol inspect buses all over the state. No school bus can haul children if they are not ruled safe during the inspection. During the inspections everything from fuel leaks, exhaust leaks, suspension and brakes among other things are checked. Durham School Services is contracted to supply the buses for the Moniteau County R-I School District. Wednesday, Feb. 2, the Highway Patrol inspected the buses in town as well as some surrounding towns at the California bus barn. The California fleet received a grade of over 90 percent this year. In previous years, this would mean earning a fleet excellent award which the fleet received the past four years. However this year the qualifications changed and a perfect grade of 100 percent is necessary, something to aim for next year. Nancy Schatzer is the site manager for Durham School Services.

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Two of the 14 California Durham School Services buses which were inspected by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Wednesday, March 2.

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California School District Bus Driver Shane Dunnaway watches as Gary Campbell and Terry Mebruer, inspectors for the Missouri State Highway Patrol inspect the suspension and brakes.

For more of this story check out the March 9 issue of the California Democrat.

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