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School Bus Inspections: What Schools Look For

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--State officials are cracking down on Iowa school districts that lie about bus repairs.

So far, two school transportation directors have been arrested for filing false reports.

School buses are inspected by the state twice a year; inspectors have many categories to look at which means school officials must make sure everything is in good shape.

There's a long list of things to look for when servicing a 24,000 pound vehicle...

"The emergency exit doors are checked the lights are checked. So basically we go through a whole pre-trip like every bus driver does, said Douglas Exline.

Douglas Exline services school buses for the college community school district, work school officials say is necessary.

"If you keep up on your maintenance it helps with the overall safety on the bus, said College Community Transportation Director Scott Grabe.

During regular checkups school officials look for deformities in things as small as mirrors, to brakes and tires.

It's part of a year long maintenance program that helps alleviate problems when the state conducts their bi-annual inspections.

The state has three categories when handing out citations to schools.

If it's a minor problem the school gets a fix it note, if it's more than just a fix it note,

"We have 30 day items and then there's out of service items and all of those are based off what type of deficiency it might be, said Cedar Rapids Community School District Transportation Manager, Denny Schreckengast

Officials at College community and Cedar Rapids Community School District say so far, they've only received notes on small problems and hope to keep it that way during the upcoming inspections.

"After all we are hauling the most precious cargo there is, said Exline.
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