The results of the Missouri Highway Patrol's annual school bus inspections are a mixed bag for Mid-Missouri schools.
Highway Patrol personnel inspected 12,018 buses across the state in 2018, Superintendent Colonel Sandra Karsten said in a news release.
The buses transported students for a variety of schools, including traditional public school districts, charter schools, private schools, state schools and others.
More than 90 percent of the buses inspected in the state this year were found without any defects, so 90.6 percent of the bus fleet in the state was rated as "approved" — a slight improvement over last year's 90.24 percent approval rating, with 29 fewer buses inspected this year.
Jefferson City Public Schools' approval rating this year was 94.3 percent — an improvement over last year's 92.2 percent. JCPS contracts its bus service with First Student Inc.
Buses are labeled as "defective" if they have one or more problems that don't pose immediate danger. Schools can continue to use defective buses until necessary repairs are made within 10 days of the initial inspection, before a re-inspection.
Buses with any problems that present immediate danger are rated as "out-of-service."
Here's how some Mid-Missouri school districts fared with their bus inspections:
Two hundred eighty-one Missouri school districts earned the Highway Patrol's Total Fleet Excellence Award by having an approval rating of 90 percent or more, with no buses rated as out-of-service. The Eugene, South Callaway and Ashland districts would qualify for the fleet excellence distinction this year by that criteria.
Full school bus inspection results for the past three years are available at mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/PatrolDivisions/MVI/index.html.