Special to The Clinton Courier
Clinton Public School District’s Lead Mechanic Scott Thornton recently earned the title of ASE Master School Bus Technician, becoming one of the relatively few mechanics in the nation to earn the distinction.
“There are roughly 50,000 school bus mechanics in the country,” Thornton said, “and close to only 1,500 with the ASE School Bus Technician certification.”
In order to earn the ASE School Bus Certification, a mechanic has to have a minimum of two documented years of experience before taking the strenuous ASE Certification test.
“We are really proud of Scott,” CPSD Transportation Director Donny Gray said. “He’s part of a group of mechanics here in the district that keep our fleet running safely every day.”
Gray said the lifespan of a school bus is roughly ten years, but, through scheduled maintenance, the district can extend the life of a school bus.
He said having someone like Thornton employed has proven to be valuable to the district.
“Having Scott here with us, with his knowledge and ability to do the work, keeps costs down and buses running,” Gray said. “He’s really an asset to our already hard-working group of mechanics.”