Maintenance

Operation earns 15th Excellent Fleet Award

Posted on March 29, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — North Kansas City Schools' transportation department has earned the Excellent Fleet Award from the Missouri Highway Patrol after receiving an inspection rating of 99.4 percent.

The department has had an inspection rating above 90 percent — the percentile required to qualify for the award — for 15 consecutive years. A 15-year plaque and award stickers for each bus will be awarded at the July conference of the Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation.

Transportation Director Shirley Patrick said that of the more than 100 items inspected on each of the district's 148 buses, only one "slightly loose item" prevented the district from earning a perfect score of 100.

This accomplishment, according to Patrick, takes the cooperation of mechanics and shop staff, along with bus drivers — who report daily on how their school buses are functioning — to meet the rigors of state annual inspections. She credited Shop Supervisor Dave Argabright and his team of mechanics, including Dave Anderson, Rob Faris, John Ray and Tom Wilson; lube tech Jim Dunkin; and shop helper Cindy Dunkin for making sure that the students the department serves travel safely to and from school each day. 

More than 14,000 students of the district's 18,500 are currently eligible for transportation. The district comprises four high schools, five middle schools and 21 elementary schools spread over more than 82 square miles. 

Five days a week, buses travel on 520 regular-education routes as well as 156 routes for students with disabilities. Additionally, buses transport up to 500 more students each day for field trips and athletic events. In total, district buses travel about 10,500 miles each day and approximately 1.9 million miles each year.

Related Topics: inspections

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
Auto Safety House, the Thomas Built Buses dealer for Arizona, will operate as a brand of W.W. Williams. Seen here is a W.W. Williams service center.
News

W.W. Williams Acquires Auto Safety House

Auto Safety House, the Thomas Built Buses dealership for Arizona, will operate as a brand under the ownership of W.W. Williams, a provider of repair services and products.

Product

Portable Child Restraint

HSM Transportation Solutions’ C.E. White Portable Child Restraint for school buses, a five-point restraint system, is designed to accommodate children weighing 20 to 90 pounds and up to 57 inches in height.

Product

2-Camera System

The DS2 is a two-camera vehicle event recording system that combines high-definition video recording, fleet telematics, and vehicle operating data on one screen for better incident review and driver coaching.

Four dealers won IC Bus’ 2016 Diamond Premier Dealer award, while 11 won the Diamond Dealer award.
News

IC Bus Honors Top Dealers for 2016

Four dealers win the bus manufacturer’s Diamond Premier Dealer award, while 11 win the Diamond Dealer award. IC Bus also bestows its Pursuit of Excellence award.

Video

VIDEO: BusWise Efficiency Features

BusWise Technologies for Thomas Built Buses' Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus offers features that can help in boosting efficiency, such as tracking location, speed, and fuel consumption.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!