HCS buses receive perfect inspection score

FROM STAFF REPORTS

HOOVER – The Hoover City Schools Transportation Department earned a perfect score for its annual review of school bus safety, conducted in late 2017.

The 2017 School Bus Inspection Exit Report, conducted by the Alabama Department of Education/Pupil Transportation Section, found zero deficiencies among Hoover City Schools’ 163 school buses.

The department has had excellent ratings (less than 10 percent deficiencies) for the past 20 years; however, this 2017 score serves as the department’s first-ever “perfect” rating.

“Our team works extremely hard year round,” Coordinator of Transportation Jeremy Bradford said. “The department invested a lot of time to achieve this report which is nearly unheard of in a fleet our size.”

Hoover City Schools conducts a thorough inspection of each school bus every 20 days. The state inspects annually during the November-December timeframe. A team of three state inspectors visit school systems, spending approximately 30 minutes of inspection time per bus.

Every item is checked – from engines to hoses right down to light bulbs. Inspectors also review the drivers’ documentation and paperwork.

“I am impressed but not surprised,” Bradford said. “The score reflects the department’s commitment to the safety of the students whom we have the privilege to serve.”

Hoover City Schools logs more than 1,000,000 miles each year through the transport of students to and from school and countless field trips/athletic events. More than 170 employees comprise this department, including 131 drivers, 26 bus aides, and 17 office staff (two foreman, seven mechanics and four shop assistants).

The HCS Transportation Department continually looks for skilled, highly-motivated, personable people. Positions offer scheduling flexibility and excellent health/retirement benefits.

If interested, call 439-1120 to learn how to begin the application process.