School District Receives Safety Report on Bus Company

 

FAIRBANKS, Ak - The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District has received a safety report regarding operating conditions of the school bus service they use to transport students.

Earlier this school year, several employees of First Student approached the school district with concerns regarding safety and maintenance issues with the busses and work conditions within the company.

Superintendent Pete Lewis ordered a safety review and tapped former Alaska State Trooper Bob Koslick to conduct the review.

Koslick findings show First Student inefficient in retaining qualified mechanics and issues with insulation of school busses.

The report did show a significant effort by First Student to address all safety and maintenance issues says Superintendent Pete Lewis.

"From that report we have tried to work with the company and with the Teamsters to look at how we can train better and make sure that all of the necessary tools and maintenance items to be able to address the shop needs and so on to make sure the busses are safe for all kids and all staff," Lewis said.