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Sunday, November 9, 2014

UNSAFE AT ANY SPEED: North Central Academy Scores 100 Percent On Recent Bus Inspection Test...100 Percent Failure, That Is!

UpNorthLive.com reports that all four buses at Steven Ingersoll's North Central Academy charter school in Mancelona failed a recent inspection test by Michigan State Police. 

But not to worry...Academy  superintendent Brian Lynch, in an attempt to quell a looming parent insurrection, says "they are taking action to fix them as quick as possible."

With no buses to use, Lynch says the school is "having a carpool meeting on Monday with parents to arrange transportation for students."

North Central Academy went four-for-four, with all four of their buses tagged as red, meaning unsafe for the road.

The buses were found to have brake, exhaust and emergency door problems. 

After inspection, a school bus is given a tag report. A "pass" tag means the bus is in satisfactory condition, "yellow" tag means  are an unsatisfactory condition, but are safe to use and a "red" tag means the bus is considered to be in 'unsafe conditions' and must be repaired before going back on the roads.  

Miss Fortune's review of the North Central Academy's 2014 inspection reports reveals that nine buses were inspected last year, with six passing and three tagged as "red".


As  I expected, there's yet another Steven Ingersoll-related shell corporation related to this story.

Ingersoll formed "Smart Schools North, LLC" in December 2011 to provide "administrative support for an existing public school academy and NOT for the operation of an elementary or secondary education program."

It appears that this LLC may have been formed to register private transportation for Ingersoll's Northern Michigan pre-school program.

And how do I know that? Well, I'll show you!

At left is a federal Department of Transportation registration for "Smart School North (sic) LLC" from 2011.

The registration appears to be for a small passenger van used to transport children to "pre-school".

Ingersoll's federal DOT records, registered on February 8, 2012, show no inspection reports or violations.

Everybody into the (car)pool!

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