June 9, 2016
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AIDB Transportation Receives Excellent Rating
In its annual review and inspection of buses at Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, the State Department of Education Pupil Transportation Service found no major deficiencies for 2016. The annual inspection of 29 AIDB buses found no deficiencies in braking, exhaust, steering, signaling systems, tires, safety items, shop personnel or maintenance records.
“We are pleased with the results of this inspection and want to thank you and your transportation maintenance staff for their continued efforts to provide safe buses for the students at Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind,” said Kevin Snowden, Pupil Transportation Program Coordinator.
The state average for major deficiencies in public school inspections last year was 2.4 percent and 125 school systems in the state earned deficiency percentages of less than 10 percent.
“I am very pleased that this inspection confirms our commitment to quality services and I commend the focused efforts of Ms. Shea White and our transportation staff to maintaining high safety standards for our students and staff,” said AIDB President Dr. John Mascia.
AIDB operates an extensive statewide transportation system coordinating daily bus routes for students at campus programs and blind employees at Alabama Industries for the Blind. Area bus routes also transport students daily to and from a seven county area surrounding Talladega and to the Montgomery and Huntsville regions weekly.
Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind is the nation’s most comprehensive organization serving individuals who are deaf, blind, deafblind and other disabilities from birth through aging. Established in 1858, AIDB operates five campuses in Talladega and eight regional centers serving more than 23,500 children annually throughout all 67 counties of the state. Campus programs include Alabama School for the Deaf, Alabama School for the Blind, Helen Keller School (for deafblind and multidisabled children), the Gentry Facility (a postsecondary rehabilitation program for adults) and Alabama Industries for the Blind (a manufacturing facility and the state’s largest employer of blind adults). Regional Centers are located in Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Talladega, Tuscaloosa and Tuscumbia.