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HCS Buses Receive Superior Rankings in Annual State Inspection
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Friday, February 17, 2017
HCS Buses Parked at Hoover HS
HCS Buses Parked at Hoover HS

02-February-17 (HCS) - For the 17th consecutive year, Hoover City Schools’ Transportation Department has received a Certificate of Achievement from the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) for excellence in bus safety.

ALSDE performs an annual inspection on buses each year for every Alabama school system.  The state average for findings related to mechanical failures is 10%.  Hoover City Schools’ Transportation Department’s average is 2%.

Transportation director Mr. Jeremy Bradford, who brought part of his team to the February Hoover Board of Education meeting for recognition, was pleased with the results.

“I was surprised at this record, these guys were not,” Bradford said. “This track record proves [drivers’] commitment to Hoover City Schools and our students.”

Hoover City Schools bus drivers must perform a 100-point safety check on their buses every 20 days (in addition to smaller, daily pre-route checks). For the annual state inspection where HCS received the respectable 2%, only three buses received marks (two air leaks, one coolant leak; all resolved).

“On any given day, they are responsible for a large number of items before we can roll the buses. They are responsible for 900 tires, 300 batteries, 6000 light bulbs and lenses, 300 windshield wiper blades, 1,000 mirrors and 4,700 pieces of window glass.  They have to make sure every day this is in tact,” Bradford said.

On each school day, HCS runs more than 100 routes on 148 buses throughout the city of Hoover, Alabama’s sixth largest city.  Daily pupil transport averages 6,500 students.