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(West Plains) – West Plains Schools recently received outstanding results on the annual school bus inspection program conducted on February 22 by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Overall, 100% of the 37 buses owned by the district were approved on the annual safety inspection.

The results earn West Plains School District the Total Fleet Excellence Award from the Highway Patrol and an Exemplary School Bus Maintenance Award from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). These awards are provided to school districts with initial inspection rates of 90% or better and will be presented during the Missouri Association of Pupil Transportation (MAPT) Conference in July 2012.

In addition, this year will mark the 8th year in a row West Plains Schools received 90% or better and the 4th year in a row the district received 100%.

“I just want to thank the Troop G Headquarters for helping us maintain such high standards in school safety”, said West Plains R-7 Transportation Director Bob Pekarek, “And I also I want to the thank my mechanic, Ron Hayes, and his assistant, Gust Steckman, for the outstanding job they do in keeping the buses safe for our kids. Thank you to the drivers for taking note of early morning pre-trip inspections and notifying the mechanics when a problem occurs”.

Each year, the Missouri State Highway Patrol conducts the inspections statewide to ensure all buses meet school bus regulations and safety standards.

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