Wake County School Bus Fleet Among Worst In State

The state's second-largest school system has one of North Carolina's worst school bus fleets when it comes to safety. As a result, officials in the Wake County school system has overhauled the way it handles maintenance.

The latest state inspection of Wake's buses found a variety of problems from oil leaks to improper air pressure in tires to inoperative dashboard lights.

The Department of Public Instruction says while the defects aren't life-threatening, they gave Wake the third-worst score of any school system in the state this year.

A number of steps have been taken in order to improve the score. Among them is having the maintenance coordinator spend more time in the field inspecting buses instead of staying at his desk. The school system is also switching some maintenance employees to inspections to stop problems sooner.