Man denies falsifying Iowa school bus records

HOLSTEIN, Iowa (AP) — A March trial has been scheduled for a former transportation director of a northwest Iowa school district accused of falsifying repair records on school buses.

Fifty-one-year-old Douglas Wessling, of Holstein, pleaded not guilty on Friday to three misdemeanor counts of tampering with records. His trial is set to begin on March 11.

Wessling was put on leave and then lost his job as transportation director for the Galva-Holstein Community School District after an investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.

Superintendent Dave Kwikkel has said three district buses were taken out of service because of damage. Kwikkel said Wessling put one of them back into use before it had been repaired. Authorities say he also falsified repair records on at least three buses.

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