Anderson schools to terminate contract with busing company after failed inspections

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ANDERSON, Ind. (Oct. 24, 2014)– Anderson Community Schools released a statement Friday saying that they have begun the process of terminating a contract with a busing company.

On Wednesday, Indiana State Police said 29 out of 30 buses operated by Webber Transportation failed inspection. State police said the inspection came after “ongoing speculation of non-compliance with the Indiana State Police School Bus Inspection Manual.” The company is a contractor for the school district.

Inspectors believed Brake and King inspections (B/K inspections) were not being done correctly. Those inspections must be done once every six months and documented on a certificate that must be with the bus at all times.

After inspection Wednesday, 29 buses were taken out of service, confirming the suspicions of state investigators. The 30th bus was already in for repairs. In addition to the B/K problems, most of the buses had additional critical safety violations, state police said.

Since that time, 6 buses have been inspected and 4 have been put back in service.

A district spokesperson told FOX59 the buses out of service represented between 15-20% of their total fleet.

Statement from Anderson Community Schools:

On Friday, October 24, 2014, Anderson Community Schools Superintendent Terry Thompson provided Webber Transportation a notice of the commencement of the process to terminate transportation contracts pursuant to IC 20-27-5-22 and a notice of a hearing. The hearing will be held on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the Anderson Administration Center at 1600 Hillcrest Avenue, in Anderson. During this hearing, the 25 transportation contracts between Anderson Community Schools and Webber Transportation-Dee Webber will be considered for termination due to the following statutory reasons pursuant to IC 20-27-5-22(a)(1)(3)&(4): (1) incompetency, (3) negligence; and (4) failure to faithfully perform the school bus driver’s duties under the contract.

The safety of our students is paramount in Anderson Community Schools. ACS cannot, in good faith, put Webber buses back into operation without comprehensive answers and resolutions to our concerns and the findings by the Indiana State Police inspections.