HANNIBAL | The Hannibal School District's claim to the longest string of success does not belong to an athletic squad or academic team, but to the district's transportation department which recently received high marks again from the Missouri State Highway Patrol during its annual spring bus inspection.
For the 23rd consecutive year the school district achieved an overall score of 90 percent or better.
“Transportation did it again,” said Rich Stilley, business manager of the Hannibal School District, during Wednesday night's meeting of the Hannibal Board of Education.
This year 97 percent of the district's bus fleet passed.
“We had one (bus) fail,” Stilley said.
According to Stilley, the failure of a low air pressure warning light, which had been checked the day before the Feb. 6 initial inspection, cost the district a perfect score.
“They pulled in the bus (for inspection) and the part failed,” he said.
School districts are allowed 10 days following an initial inspection to repair identified defects before re-inspection by highway patrol vehicle inspection personnel.
Hannibal had achieved perfect inspection scores in both 2018 and 2019.
In response to this year's high score Stilley extended his “thanks to the diligent work of all of the transportation team.”