INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Every single one of the 200 Indianapolis Public School buses will be inspected over the next couple of weeks. The first round of inspections took place Monday and already, state police say, IPS is falling short.
“Of the 39, 27 of them overall were able to drive and transport kids,” said Sgt. Don Gregory with the Indiana State Police.
State police began the long process of inspecting every one of IPS’s 200 school buses Monday and already on day one, IPS had a 69% pass rate.
“This is something that the schools should be looking at all along the way. They have to have a maintenance program,” said Gregory.
Here’s how the day’s inspections stacked up:
Of 39 buses inspected, 27 were drivable. That’s a 69% pass rate, well below the state average of 80-85%. 12 buses passed outright. 15 were in need of repair and another 12 were deemed entirely out of service.
“Ideally, we come out, look it all over and all the buses pass,” said Gregory.
In 2015, IPS had a 50% acceptance rate, with more than 20% of buses deemed out of service following inspections.
“Brakes and things like that should be checked on a routine basis by the mechanics,” said Gregory.
When asked if administrators would weigh in on Monday’s below average inspection performance, IPS would not comment. A district spokesperson says IPS will release a statement when every inspection is complete.