FWCS buses get annual check-up - July 29, 2008

Record Number: 4241
Displayed from: Jul 29, 2008 , until: Aug 10, 2008

Fort Wayne Community Schools' fleet of more than 300 buses will be checked from top to bottom beginning Thursday, July 31, to make sure they are ready to hit the road for the first day of school Aug. 18. Each year, the Indiana State Police inspect each school bus to make sure they are in shape to transport students. The buses will be poked and prodded with doors opened and closed, lights checked, engines inspected and more. Inspectors check everything from the brake systems and fuel lines to the number of band-aids on the bus. FWCS has a history of excellent inspections, which is important because more than 25,000 students or nearly 80 percent of the district's students ride FWCS buses to and from school every day. Inspections will be going on at the North Transportation Center through Aug. 5. South Transportation Center inspections are Aug. 6-8.

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.