Maintenance

Veteran Iowa school bus inspector retires

Posted on January 2, 2013

Longtime Iowa school bus inspector Owen Freese will now serve as executive director of the Iowa Pupil Transportation Association.
Longtime Iowa school bus inspector Owen Freese will now serve as executive director of the Iowa Pupil Transportation Association.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Industry veteran Owen Freese has retired as one of Iowa’s school bus inspectors, but he will remain involved in pupil transportation in another role.

Following his retirement from the Iowa Department of Education, which was effective on Monday, Freese will begin serving as executive director for the Iowa Pupil Transportation Association.

Freese has been with the Iowa Department of Education since 1999. It’s estimated that since then, he inspected close to 100,000 school buses.

Freese and fellow Iowa school bus inspector Verlan Vos were given the Tom Horn Memorial Award at the Iowa School Transportation Conference last summer in Des Moines. The annual honor is considered to be the most prestigious award given to members of the school transportation community in Iowa.

Prior to entering the school bus industry in 1986, Freese worked as a mechanic. He then served as the transportation director at Galva-Holstein Community Schools in Holstein, Iowa, for 12 years prior to joining the state Department of Education in 1999.

Related Topics: inspections, Iowa

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
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.

BusWest will distribute, service, and install Fogmaker fire suppression systems, seen here on a school bus.
News

BusWest to Offer Fogmaker Fire Suppression

The school bus dealer, which has facilities in California and Nevada, will serve as a distributor, service provider, and installer of Fogmaker North America’s systems.

Product

Video, Telematics System

SmartDrive video gives bus drivers and managers insight and analysis designed to help save fuel, reduce maintenance expenses, and improve driver behavior.

Product

Suspension Systems

CLASS suspension systems for buses are designed to provide a smoother and safer ride for passengers.

Product

Diamond File Set

The 8-inch industrial Diamond File Set is designed to cut faster, smoother, and cleaner for a better finish. 

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!