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Indiana State Police Launch Public Website Displaying School Bus Inspection Records

22 Jul


Indianapolis, IN – The Indiana State Police, in accordance with state law, conduct inspections of all school buses used to transport children to public and private schools. All buses are inspected annually. Buses more than 12 model years old are inspected biannually. 

While school bus inspection reports are a public record, historically there was not a simple way for parents, school officials, or the public in general to view the thousands of inspection reports prepared by state police personnel each school year. To make school bus records more accessible the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, in collaboration with the Indiana Office of Technology (IOT), and Indiana Interactive, a subsidiary of e-government provider NIC USA, developed a public access portal website where school bus inspection records can be viewed from the comfort of a parents’ home computer. 

The all encompassing goal of this public access portal website is to provide parents, school officials, and the public in general, an easy to navigate website with up-to-date school bus inspection information. To that end, other website owners are invited to make a direct link to the Indiana State Police school bus inspection public access portal website. 

The public access portal website became operational on July 1, 2013. The website contains records from more than 30,000 inspections and will automatically update within days after future school bus inspections are conducted. 

Access to this new service can be made in several ways: 
Visit this Indiana State Police website link at http://www.in.gov/isp/2988.htm. Read the introduction information and then click this link:https://secure.in.gov/ISP/BusInspections/Public/Index

Poet Laureate Nominations Due August 1, 2013

16 Jul

Deadline Near for Poet Laureate Nominations

The deadline to submit nominations for the Indiana State Poet Laureate is August 1, 2013. Nominations should be limited to one, single-page cover letter and a resume or CV detailing the nominee’s qualifications and accomplishments. No additional materials should be included with the initial nomination.

Nominees must be residents of the state of Indiana and remain residents during their two-year term of service. Nominees should be published poets with experience in educational program development.

Nominations must be submitted to the Indiana Arts Commission by 4:30 p.m. (EDT) Thursday Aug. 1, 2013. Nominations should be sent to the attention of Susan Britsch: sbritsch@iac.in.gov. For more information, contact Susan at 317-232-1281.

Indiana’s current poet laureate is Karen Kovacik, an Highland native.  Her biography on the Indiana Arts Commission website states:

“Karen Kovacik was born in East Chicago and grew up in Highland, in Lake County. She’s the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Metropolis Burning, and her work has received numerous honors, including the Charity Randall Citation from the International Poetry Forum, the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Prize, and a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. In 2004, she was awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to Poland, and her translations of contemporary Polish poetry have appeared in many anthologies and journals, such as American Poetry Review, Crazyhorse and Southern Review. She’s professor of English at IUPUI, where she directs the creative writing program. In 2010, her poem “Invisible Movements” won the Moving Forward contest and will be installed along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.”