Cassville transportation fleet receives Exemplary Bus Maintenance Award

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Jake Kloss, left, Cassville bus mechanic; Sergeant John Lueckenhoff, left middle, public information officer with Missouri Highway Patrol Troop D; Jason Roller, right middle, Cassville bus mechanic; and Dusty Reid show off the award the district received for its bus fleet. Contributed photo

DESE gives honor after Highway Patrol's approval of 26 buses

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced its results from the Motor Vehicle Inspection Division’s 2017 annual school bus inspection program, and the Cassville fleet has earned outstanding results.

Cassville schools earned the Patrol’s Total Fleet Excellence Award by receiving a 100 percent approval rating on 26 buses inspected, with no buses placed out-of-service.

Upon receiving the report from the Highway Patrol, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) awarded the Cassville Transportation Department with the award.

“These awards are a reflection of the transportation department, especially the mechanics," said Dusty Reid, director of facilities and operations for Cassville schools. "Whether going to and from school, or riding to an activity, we are committed to using the safest buses possible. Transportation mechanics Jason Roller and Jake Kloss take a lot of pride in making sure our students are guaranteed a safe bus. The district wants our patrons to feel comfortable putting their children on one of our buses. Keeping the buses in great shape is just one of the things we can do to ensure our students safety."

Approximately 300 Missouri school districts earned an approval rating of 90 percent or higher, with 258 of those districts receiving a 100-percent approval rating.

“Our mechanics work year-round making sure things are repaired and our buses are as safe as they can possibly be," Reid said. "On a daily basis, the drivers complete daily inspections of the buses and report any maintenance needs and these needs are immediately addressed."

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