As local students return from their first day of a new school year, many of them have been traveling on new buses.
Although there have been concerns about the cost of the new fleet, Pegge Erkeneff with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, said the decision was motivated by new safety measures…
Erkeneff: “Last August, when our new 5 year contract started, part of that contract stipulated that we would have approximately 80 percent of the fleet replaced, and that for two reasons. The first reason is in the contract, the age of the fleet – the average age of our whole fleet of what we call our big buses - can’t be more than 12 years old. Then the average age of any bus can’t be more than 10 years old.”
Erkeneff said the buses had to be scrapped due to liability reasons and could not be re-used.