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MUSD’s 16 buses getting $259,000 air quality retrofit

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POSTED September 11, 2013 10:22 p.m.

Sixteen of Manteca Unified School District’s buses will be retrofitted with diesel particulate filters to the tune of $258,571. The money was approved 6-1 by the Board of Trustees at their meeting Tuesday, with Trustee Manuel Medeiros as the lone dissenter.

The action of the trustees was to award the job at that amount to A-Z Bus Sales, Inc. of Sacramento which offered the “lowest responsive/responsible” bid for the project.

The project is to meet requirements set by the California Air Resources Board. That legal requirement has been in effect for sometime now, so “it’s not something new,” said Senior Director of Operations David Burke.

But it’s something that needs to be done to conform with existing law, “unless you just want to park the buses,” he said in response to questions from the trustees.

“The retrofit is not something we can argue with the state,” Superintendent Jason Messer added during the discussion prior to the trustees’ vote.

The money, likewise, that will be used for the retrofitting will not be covered by grants or other sources but from the district’s coffers.

There’s “no state grant” involved, Messer said. “This is our dollar.”

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