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School district bus condition report spurs action, repairs

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MT. MORRIS, MI (WNEM) -

The 2015-16 school year is now underway.

But a report released on the condition of buses in school districts around the state, including those in Mid-Michigan, is causing some parents and administrators to reflect on the previous school year.

"Kind of scary, I would say," said parent Shaquita Fields.

Parents and grandparents of students attending Mt. Morris schools were alarmed to see, out of the district’s 14 school buses, only one passed inspection.

Three were rated in the yellow category, meaning repairs are needed and must be made within 60 days.

But 10 of the 14 buses were given red ratings meaning they are unsafe and need to be fixed before they can go back on the road.

"That's why I pick them up – with me – unsafe bus," said grandparent Debbie Erhardt.

The report is from September 2015 to August 2015.

Several buses in the Fenton school district also failed to make the grade. Of the 19 buses inspected, nine received a red rating and six were put in the yellow category.

The Flint school district received high marks.  A total of 63 were inspected and 61 passed, with two ranked red.

The superintendent of Mt. Morris schools, Tricia Hill, said while the results of this report is new to the public, it's old news for her and the buses that needed to be repaired have already been fixed.

"The inspection occurred in July, most of them were rather minor," Hill said.

Hill said while the red or unsafe rating leads one to think there was a problem with the brakes or engine, that's not always the case.

In some cases, she said those minor issues created a major problem. But the district has learned a valuable lesson and plans to stay on top of the bus repairs from now on.

"Repairs have been made, kids are on safe buses," Hill said.

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