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LHUSD Governing Board OKs purchase of 3 buses

The Lake Havasu Unified School District will purchase three buses, bringing its total to 30 buses.

In a unanimous vote Monday, the district’s governing board approved the purchase of three buses from Canyon State Bus Sales for up to $575,000 in bond funds. In November 2016, Lake Havasu City voters passed a $49 million school bond

Quotes received from Canyon State Bus Sales totaled more than $547,400 for an 84-passenger route bus, 46-passenger activity bus and 38-passenger special needs bus, according to agenda documents from the district. Roughly $27,500 would cover any incidentals, the documents state.

“We definitely need more buses,” wrote Bobby Keirns, the district’s transportation supervisor in an email. “Our aging fleet is getting more and more difficult to keep running. We have buses nearing the age of 20 years of age.”

According to Keirns, transportation numbers at the start of this school year are up from last year. He did not provide specific numbers.

“For the people that weren’t at the work session, our high school’s now offering service to all of the high school, there’s a waiting list right now until we get all the routes worked out,” said school board member Nichole Cohen Monday.

Keirns wrote that the existing buses will be kept as spares and then eventually auctioned off when no longer needed.

Last September, the school board also unanimously approved the purchase of three school buses – one 84-passenger route bus and two 46-passenger activity buses – for up to $575,000 in bond funds. Prior to that, the district had not purchased buses since 2014, Today’s News-Herald reported at the time.

“A bit of a trendsetter, (the Lake Havasu Unified School District) equips its buses with the largest air conditioning units available, paints the top of the vehicle white, tints the side windows, insulates interior ductwork and vents targeted cooling on the hottest seat on the bus, the driver’s seat,” states the News-Herald article published Sept. 15, 2017.

“I understand the football team took the new activity bus to their game last Friday and I heard they had to turn the air conditioning down,” said John Masden, school board president, Monday. “So we are getting some pretty significant improvements in our air conditioning on our buses.”


by Chelsea Curtis, Today's News-Herald
Aug 21, 2018

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