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School buses top Douglas agenda

William Ferchland

A discussion on approving $195,000 for the purchase of three new school buses is one agenda item for the Douglas County School District Board of Trustees.

The purchase will help phase out Carpenter buses, which are no longer manufactured and have been found to have a roof defect. The imperfection is a liability in rollover accidents, a report stated.

Twenty-eight, or 43 percent, of the district’s fleet consisted of the defective Carpenter buses. Nine have been pulled in a steady removal of the buses.

The district doesn’t run Carpenter buses at the lake and keeps them to short routes in the valley and they are not used for field trips, said Rick Kester, assistant superintendent for business services.

Districts are allowed one repair before the buses are pulled off inventory. The next inspection on the remaining 19 buses – nine are free of cracks – will be in January.

Other agenda items include:

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— Consider appointing a school board member to be a liaison to the Tahoe Douglas and Carson Valley chambers of commerce.

— Hear C.C. Meneley Elementary School Principal Brian Frazier talk about the school improvement plan.