W.Va. Bus Inspector Named Nationís Best

November 08, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Greenbrier County school bus inspector has been named America’s Best School Bus Inspector for 2011 by the National Association for Pupil Transportation.

Jack Defibaugh was honored Tuesday by the state Board of Education for his achievement. He received his national award at the 37th National Association for Pupil Transportation’s Annual Summit in Cincinnati in October. Defibaugh successfully competed in the state contest held at the West Virginia School Transportation’s annual conference earlier this year to be eligible to compete in the national contest.

The event, hosted by the Texas Association of School Bus Technicians, was NAPT's 8th annual nationwide search to find America's Best School Bus Technician and School Bus Inspector. The skills and training competition included workshops as well as hands-on and written exams.

In all, technicians from 20 states and inspectors from 12 states participated. Technician requirements included those in positions that regularly maintain or repair school buses, while the inspectors had to be currently employed in a position requiring the regular and frequent inspection of school buses.

“West Virginia bus operators face more difficult road conditions than drivers in most other states, putting more demand on our technicians and inspectors to make sure the vehicles carrying our children are safe,” said state Superintendent Jorea Marple. “Mr. Defibaugh sets a fine example for others with his dedication to his work.”

West Virginia school buses travel more than 41 million miles each year, transporting about 230,000 students each day to school safely and reliably. Across the country, school buses provide more than 10 billion passenger trips each year.

“School bus transportation is the safest way to get children to school each day,” Marple said. West Virginia’s record of getting students to and from school in a dependable and safe manner is impeccable thanks to our top notch drivers, mechanics, trainers and inspectors.”

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--The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average.