Buses get top-to-bottom checks before students board


Jessica Hinton checks the battery on her bus. In addition to annual inspections, G-C school buses are regularly maintained at about every 200 hours, as well as prior to leaving the lot each day. (Tom Russo / Daily Reporter)

First-year bus driver Jessica Hinton checks the emergency roof hatch during one of her bus checks. Hinton will be driving the shuttle route, which consists of the J.B. Stephens and Maxwell school routes. (Tom Russo / Daily Reporter)

HANCOCK COUNTY — Standing in the Greenfield-Central School Corp. transportation office in Maxwell earlier this week, new bus driver Jessica Hinton clutched her paperwork and prepared for her first day on the road.

Out in the lot, Hinton’s big yellow ride – a 2007 bus with 78 seats built by International Corp. – sat silently before it began chugging and charging Thursday through its 180-day race to the end of school on May 29.

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