Transportation is expected to be among the main topics of discussion for the Lompoc Unified School District’s Board of Education at its Tuesday meeting.

The board, which will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the Education Center Board Room at 1301 North A St., has a number of transportation-related items on its preliminary agenda, as well as a potential agreement with Vandenberg Air Force Base to provide crossing guard services on the military installation.

Among those items, the board is being asked to approve altering, or removing, eight classified jobs in the transportation department due to lack of work.

According to district staff, eight of the department’s employees — six bus drivers and two transportation attendants — have experienced a reduction of work ranging from 15 minutes to one hour each week due to reductions and adjustments with bus routes.

Under the proposed resolution that the board is being asked to approve, the district would be able to lay off the employees with 60 days prior notice.

In a separate item, the LUSD business services division is requesting the board’s approval for a grant agreement between LUSD and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District to provide $150,000 of Department of Motor Vehicle funds toward the purchase of a new low-emission school bus.

The cost of the bus is $179,207, so with the grant, the cost to the district would drop to $29,207.

The board is also expected to receive a report Tuesday on a national grant the LUSD transportation department was approved for last year to provide technological upgrades to the district’s fleet of 47 buses.

District officials learned in November that LUSD was one of 11 school districts in the U.S. that was selected for the Don Carnahan Memorial Grant, awarded each year by Zonar, a transportation technology company, and the National Association for Pupil Transportation.

LUSD is anticipating using only $33,000 of the $50,000 grant for school bus security, safety and efficiency technology hardware. Still, according to staff, the district will need to provide about $18,000 in installation costs for the first year of the upgraded services.

On the consent agenda, the board is likely to approve a crossing guard agreement with VAFB for services between Feb. 1 and June 30. The agreement is modeled after a similar deal the board approved with the city of Lompoc last year. Through this agreement, VAFB would reimburse LUSD $11,360 for the services.

In other items, the board is slated to review district and bond audits, as well as review the 2014-15 audit of Manzanita Public Charter School.

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Willis Jacobson covers the city of Lompoc for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @WJacobsonLR.



Willis Jacobson covers news and other issues, primarily those that affect the Lompoc Valley and Vandenberg Air Force Base, for Lee Central Coast News. He is a graduate of The University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications.