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Bus inspection marks good

Sunnyside School District Transportation Department Supervisor David Taylor shared with the school board Thursday night some of the findings of a recent Washington State Patrol bus fleet inspection.

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) conducts regular inspections of every school district's bus fleet in the state.

Last week, Taylor said, the WSP had three officers going through the district fleet.

"I felt we did a pretty good job," said Taylor.

Taylor said there were some issues identified by the WSP, mainly matters that the transportation staff hadn't had an opportunity to address yet.

"They were rectified immediately," said Taylor.

Out of the 37 Sunnyside buses inspected, 13 received marks for damaged seats.

"A lot of that was some wear and tear and vandalism," said Taylor.

Taylor pointed out that there are 22 seats per bus.

Four buses were marked for issues surrounding lighting, while another six received marks for damage to the interior. There was also a minor exhaust leak noted on one of the buses. There was also a couple of issues with the emergency exits that were minor, said Taylor. One item that was addressed immediately, said Taylor, had to do with the need to perform brake adjustment on one of the buses.

"For 37 buses I think the guys did (pretty good)," said Taylor.

Taylor clarified for the board that just because these issues were identified in the inspection by WSP, it doesn't mean the vehicle is not safe. He said in this case, most of the marks the transportation department received were just minor items that could be fixed easily.

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