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The Lake News Online
  • Bus inspection results improve from 2013

  • The wheels on the bus go round and round... as long as the bus passes the Missouri State Highway Patrol annual inspection. In the 2014 annual school bus inspections, all lake-area school districts passed with a score of at least 90 percent and higher.
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  • The wheels on the bus go round and round... as long as the bus passes the Missouri State Highway Patrol annual inspection. In the 2014 annual school bus inspections, all lake-area school districts passed with a score of at least 90 percent and higher.
    Camdenton R-III School District buses passed with a 97.3 percent and had the most buses for the tri-county area to be inspected. Out of the 74 school buses, only two were deemed 'defective.' None were considered to be out of service.
    Buses are declared approved, defective or out of service. Defective buses have one or more minor defective item but qualify as safe for student transportation. Out of services buses are those that have one or more major defective item and are deemed by officials to be unsafe for student transportation. Approved buses are completely free of any defective items.
    According to Camdenton R-III Transportation Director Gary Cuendet, the two defective buses simply had light bulbs that needed to be replaced. This is the 16th consecutive year Camdenton has had a 90 percent or higher approval on the inspections.
    The Camdenton district is constantly inspecting and working on their fleet in house. The district has one head mechanic and three other mechanics that work on the buses throughout the year.
    The Eldon R-I School District passed the inspection with a 90 percent of approval. Three of their 30 buses were defective and none were out of service. That is an improvement from 2013, when 23 out of 30 were approved and three buses were removed from service pending repairs.
    All seven of Macks Creek R-V School District's buses passed giving them a 100 percent approval rate. Both Morgan County R-II School District with 30 buses and School of the Osage School District with 31 buses also received a 100 percent approval rate. All three districts had a perfect record from 2013 also.
    Climax Springs School District R-IV School District improved on their performance from 2013. Last year, eight of twelve buses were approved. This year, ten of eleven were approved. One bus required minor repairs. The buses are inspected by the state twice a year. In the fall, districts receive a surprise inspection and then have an annual spring inspection in February or March.

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