Hannibal, Monroe City tally perfect scores

Most area school districts did not have to take a bus out of service, according to recent results of the yearly Missouri State Highway Patrol bus inspection program. Three area districts — Hannibal, Marion County R-II, and Monroe City — had a perfect score.

“The Hannibal School District is very excited about the annual Bus Inspection results,” said Hannibal Business Manager Rich Stilley. “With over 20 years consecutive years of scoring over 90 percent or greater, this result emphasizes the value and commitment that the entire district places on the safety of our students.”

Two other districts, Palmyra and Ralls County R-II had just one bus that was labeled “defective.” Defective buses, according to the Highway Patrol, have one or more defective items which do not constitute an immediate danger.

“Our mechanic stays on top of the maintenance and make sure it is done routinely,” said Brian Wosman, Palmyra’s transportation director. “We  also respond to driver concerns quickly.”

Paris R-II, on the other hand, had nearly half of the buses in its fleet taken out of service because of a defective item that is considered an immediate danger. In that district, three buses passed, one was defective, and three more were taken out of service.

Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announced a total of 12,018 school buses across the state of Missouri were inspected by Missouri State Highway Patrol personnel during the 2018 program. Of all buses inspected, 90.6 percent were approved by inspection personnel with no defective items noted during inspection.

School districts are allowed 10 days following initial inspection to repair identified defects before being re-inspected by Highway Patrol motor vehicle inspection personnel. Buses rated as "out-of-service" must be repaired, re-inspected, and placed back into service by Highway Patrol motor vehicle inspection personnel prior to transporting students.