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Highway Patrol inspects R-VI bus fleet

Posted on Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 6:41 am

Area schools are starting this week and next, be aware of school bus traffic and student pedestrians.

Centralia R-IV’s bus fleet has had some work done.

One way of looking at it, is, the glass is half full at the Centralia R-VI School District’s bus barn.

Discussing a recent media report which alleged half the district buses failed state inspection, R-VI superintendent of schools Steven Chancellor clarified the situation.

When the Missouri State Highway Patrol issued a memo dated June 14, it said 38.9 percent of the district’s buses had defects and 5.6 percent were taken out of service.

The inspection occurred in April, Chancellor said, but the letter quantifying the results was dated June 14.

Only one bus of district’s fleet of 18 was not immediately back in service the afternoon of the inspection, he said.

“That one had what they call a rock drill. That is when a piece of rock is tightly wedged into the tread of a tire. We had a new tire installed on the bus by the following morning.”

Each school bus tire costs approximately $375, he said, and per regulation, when a tire is cited for that condition, they are not reused by the district.

For the full article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.