The Rockwood Transportation Department has earned the Exemplary School Bus Maintenance Award from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for 2021.

“The award represents the dedication to fleet excellence that Rockwood’s Maintenance Department strives to maintain,” said Mike Heyman, transportation director.

To be eligible for the award, a school district must have at least 90% of its school bus fleet pass the Missouri State Highway Patrol school bus inspection on the first try. Rockwood exceeded that mark, averaging 98.9% over the past five years.

The award also recognizes school districts with buses that have met these criteria in five-year increments.

“My team is doing the right thing when it comes to our buses’ overall maintained condition,” said Heyman. “Every student we transport is priceless and deserves to be transported as such.”