Mexico School District buses receive exemplary award

School bus inspection in the Mexico School District has resulted in the 20th consecutive Exemplary School Bus Maintenance Award. The district also received an award for earning 100 percent on the annual bus inspection.
The awards were presented at the Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation's 49th annual conference and trade show in Springfield. Curt Jackson, transportation director, and David Kuda, bus maintenance supervisor, attended the conference.
"To have the Excellence Award for 20 straight years is a huge accomplishment," Kevin Freeman, superintendent of schools, said. "We tend to take our good transportation record for granted because of the good inspection results year after year, but we shouldn't. The Highway Patrol inspection is very difficult and we hare proud of the great job our folks do every year."
Captain Lester Elder presented the presented the inspection award to Kuda. Roger Dorson, from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education presented the Excellence award.
There are approximately 1,200 children transported on the district's 18 daily bus routes. Each bus makes 20-25 stops per route. The buses travel approximately 222,000 miles per school year, which includes activity trips.