Brakes, headlights, suspension.... - August 07, 2006

Record Number: 2557
Displayed from: Aug 07, 2006 , until: Aug 11, 2006

...All this and cleanliness, too! That is what representatives from the Indiana State Police will be looking for when they begin their annual school bus inspections later this week. Fort Wayne Community Schools' fleet of nearly 300 buses and 30 small, white special purpose buses will each be put through their paces during the seven-day inspection process. According to FWCS Transportation Safety Coordinator Sue Cash, buses are not only checked to be sure all mechanical parts are in top working order, but they are scrutinized to be sure they are clean and disinfected. FWCS has a history of perfect or near-perfect scores for its bus fleet. The inspection is another annual reminder that the beginning of school is drawing near. More than 20,000 or over 60 percent of the district's students ride FWCS yellow buses to and from school every day. Media are invited to check out the bus inspection process at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11 at the North Transportation Center located near Northrop High School at 301 W. Cook Road. Sue Cash and representatives from the State Police will be available for interviews.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.