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School System Under Scrutiny For Unsafe Buses

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LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (LEX 18)-- The Anderson County school system is facing scrutiny after records show school buses okayed to transport students actually had serious problems, from bad parking brakes to broken emergency exits.

The school mechanic reportedly signed off on the records. 

The Anderson News broke the story Wednesday morning about four buses the school system says were fine to be on the road and transport students. Turns out they had significant problems when the state did their own reports and inspections.

It all centers around reports that local inspectors performed and signed off on. One of these buses was inspected locally Oct. 23, with a clean bill of health. Four days later the state Department of Education, which performs maintenance checks on a random basis, noted significant problems: like damage over the right front emergency exit window and a bad steering wheel. 

The head mechanic, Kevin Gilliam, told the newspaper, "in the future, it will be marked on the report," meaning the local inspection, " and then documented that the parts are ordered and then the follow-up paperwork for the work order completed. "

LEX 18 tried reaching out to the transportation department at Anderson County schools. They have referred us to Superintendent Sheila Mitchell who released this statement:

KDE has indicated "Anderson County Schools has a safe operation of transportation of pupils." After discussing with KDE's program consultant, it has been determined there were no major safety concerns but improvements are needed.  All recommendations from the review have been implemented and an internal investigation is currently being conducted by district administration.  Necessary changes will be made based on the outcome of the investigation.  Safety continues to be the number one priority for Anderson County Schools. 

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