CPSD transportation department receives outstanding school bus inspection rating

Clover Park School District’s (CPSD) transportation department received outstanding inspection results from the Washington State Patrol’s (WSP) annual inspection of its bus fleet. Once a year, the WSP performs a 100 percent inspection of the district’s bus and motor pool fleet of vehicles that transport students. The fleet of vehicles - 125 buses and 14 district vans - received a 100 percent rating with no out of service criteria.

Due to the shortage of bus drivers in CPSD and in other districts, many of the mechanics drove buses in the afternoon in addition to their regular duties as mechanics of district vehicles and equipment. Despite this, the mechanics were still able to accomplish this complete inspection with the highest rating.

“The staff takes exceptional pride and care in the maintenance of buses. They ensured that safety of the students, drivers and buses was not compromised even with the driver shortage and their support in driving afternoon bus routes,” said Delphie Nielsen, director of transportation. 

“We take a lot of pride in what we do,” said Chris Clark, mechanic specialist. “The bottom line is we want to maintain the fleet so we can safely transport our students to and from school.”

Clover Park School District’s transportation department received outstanding inspection results from the Washington State Patrol’s annual inspection of its bus fleet. The mechanics that help maintain the fleet include (left to right): Earl “Pete “ Jones; Jorge Pena-Nunez; David Rugg; Arnold Griggs; Chris Clark (Mechanic Specialist); and Michael Stephanik.(Not pictured): Patrick Lowder; Joseph Gaerttner and Jeff Steele.