By Gary Lloyd
For the second year in a row, Jefferson County Schools has aced its buses inspection by the Alabama State Department of Education.
No major deficiencies were found in the system’s 484 buses, according to Jefferson County Schools.
The annual inspection includes a check of braking, exhaust, steering, signaling systems, tires and other safety items. Shop personnel positions and maintenance records are also reviewed.
By comparison, the state of Alabama average for major deficiencies for the last inspection year in 2013 was 2.6 percent, according to Jefferson County Schools. Additionally, 118 systems earned deficiencies of less than 10 percent for this year.
“I am not surprised, but very pleased to have this letter from Joe Lightsey, director of pupil transportation citing our transportation’s accomplishments,” said Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Stephen Nowlin. “Our transportation department has had great leadership and dedicated employees and they know the importance of their jobs.”
At the Sept. 26 Jefferson County Board of Education meeting, 36 Transportation Department employees were honored for their work.
Jefferson County Schools serves schools in Clay, Chalkville and Pinson.
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