School Bus Retrofit and Replacement Account

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2011 Case-by-Case Determinations


Reference: #2011-60
Request: Allow LESBP funding of Brea Olinda Unified School District Bus #5 (VIN 1T7C4H679H1286007) granting an exemption for a lapse in CHP 292 certification.
Air District: South Coast AQMD
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter III, Section A (2)
Determination: Documentation shows approximately an 11 month lapse in CHP certification (11/28/10 to 10/25/11) for Bus #5. Prior CHP inspection reports show the bus had been continuously certified from 2005 to 2009. In September 2009, the bus experienced engine failure, and due to serious budget constraints facing the school district, necessary repairs were postponed. The bus was repaired in September 2011 and re-certified in October 2011.

ARB Action: Approved for funding with LESB state funds.
Determination Date: November 23, 2011
Contact: Janet Page (916) 324-1988

Reference #2011-58
Request: Allow the Red Bluff Union Elementary School District to donate a replaced school bus (VIN# 1C9FJ17A7GC102345) to the local sheriff's department for team training exercises.
Air District: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (for Tehama County Air Pollution Control District)
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter III, Section A(2)
Determination: Senate Bill 88 (Ch 181, Stats 2007) requires old school buses to be scrapped once replaced. The Red Bluff Union Elementary School District has requested that this bus be donated to the local sheriff's department to allow for a training opportunity. This request is approved and the process below must be followed:

  1. The air district must obtain documentation from the department requesting the bus stating that they have taken possession of it for training;

  2. The receiving department must sign a contract/agreement, letter, or form stating that the replaced bus has been dismantled as defined in the Lower-Emission School Bus Program Guidelines. This document must contain the same information that a dismantler would provide -- vehicle identification number (VIN), the school district's name, the sheriff's station number, and a statement such as, "This school bus was used for training on (date) and has been rendered useless," and then would be signed by the authorized person at the department such as the chief or department head. This document must then be sent to the air district implementing the school district's program;

  3. The air district must verify that the Non-Repairable Vehicle Certificate (DMV Form 488C) is on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles; and

  4. The school district is required to submit numbers 2 and 3 above as prerequisites for reimbursement.

ARB Action: Approved for funding with the aforementioned requirements.
Determination Date: October 31, 2011
Contact: Kimya Lambert (916) 323-2507

Reference #2011-56
Request: Allow LESBP funding within the $20,000 retrofit funding cap to be used for Sanger Unified School District Bus #41 to purchase a second spare diesel particulate filter (first filter for this retrofit device manufacturer).
Air District:San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter IV, Section C
Determination: Sanger Unified School District has already installed 11 Cleaire retrofit devices and purchased a spare filter with LESBP Proposition 1B funding; however, a Cleaire retrofit device cannot be installed on Bus #41.  The air district will amend the existing contract with the school district to retrofit Bus #41 with an ESW ThermaCat retrofit device. The Guidelines limit LESBP funding to pay for only one spare filter for up to 20 in-service retrofit devices. The school district would like to use LESBP funds to purchase a spare filter for the ThermaCat retrofit device. This request is consistent with the intent of the Guidelines to minimize disruption in the school district’s ability to provide transportation to students.

ARB Action: Approved for funding with LESBP state funds.
Determination Date: October 20, 2011
Contact: Kimya Lambert (916) 323-2507

Reference #2011-55
Request: Allow LESBP funding of Pacheco Union Elementary School District Bus #P46 (VIN 1T7C4H628G1421626), granting exemption for 17-day lapse in CHP 292 certification (7/21/09 - 8/6/09).
Air District: Shasta County Air Quality Management District
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter III, Section A(2)
Determination: An email from the school district indicates that the 17-day lapse was due to CHP inspection scheduling. The lapse was a result of circumstances beyond the school district's control.

ARB Action: Approved for funding with LESBP state funds.
Determination Date: October 18, 2011
Contact: Kimya Lambert (916) 323-2507

Reference #2011-52
Request: Allow El Dorado Union High School District to donate a replaced school bus (VIN# 05369) to the local sheriff's department for team training exercises.
Air District: Sacramento Metropolitan AQMD
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter III, Section A(2)
Determination: Senate Bill 88 requires old school buses to be scrapped once replaced. El Dorado Union High School District has requested that this bus be donated to the local sheriff's department to allow for a training opportunity. This request is approved and the process below must be followed:

  1. The air district must obtain documentation from the department requesting the bus stating that they have taken possession of it for training;

  2. The receiving department must sign a contract/agreement, letter or form stating that the replaced bus has been dismantled as defined in the LESBP Guidelines. This document must contain the same information that a dismantler would provide - vehicle identification number (VIN), the school district's name, the sheriff's station number, and a statement such as, "This school bus was used for training on (date) and has been rendered useless.", and then would be signed by the authorized person at the department such as the chief. This documents must then be sent to the air district implementing the school district's program;

  3. The air district must verify that the Non-Repairable Certificate (DMV Form 488C) is on file with the DMV; and

  4. The school district is required to submit #2 and #3 above as prerequisites for reimbursement.

ARB Action: Approved for funding with above requirements.
Determination Date: September 19, 2011
Contact: Janet Page (916) 324-1988

Reference #2011-50
Request: Allow the LESBP funding of Arcohe Union School District Bus #1 (VIN 177C4H664G1768986) granting an exemption for a lapse in CHP 292 certification.
Air District: Sacramento Metropolitan AQMD
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter III, Section A(2)
Determination: Documentation shows a 145 day lapse (9/25/10 - 2/17/11) in CHP certification due to budget constraints and necessary repairs. Prior CHP inspection reports show the bus has been in continuous use.

ARB Action: Approved for funding with LESB state funds.
Determination Date: September 1, 2011
Contact: Janet Page (916) 324-1988

Reference #2011-49
Request: Allow LESBP funding to replace school buses with remanufactured model year (MY) 1986 engines.
Air District: Sacramento Metropolitan AQMD
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter III, Section A(2)
Determination: The air district has requested approval to replace 19 model year (MY) 1977 to 1986 school buses equipped with remanufactured engines. Upon review of the documentation provided from the engine manufacturer, it is determined that these remanufactured engines qualify as pre-1987 engines, and, are therefore, eligible for replacement.

ARB Action: Approved for funding.
Determination Date: September 1, 2011
Contact: Janet Page (916) 324-1988

Reference #2011-48
Request: Allow LESBP funding of Marysville Joint Unified School District Bus #16 (VIN: RE30514450) and Bus #17 (VIN: RE2014451), granting exemption for a 47-day lapse in CHP 292 certification (9/14/08 - 10/31/08).
Air District: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (for Feather River APCD)
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter III, Section A(2)
Determination: A letter from the school district indicates that the 47-day lapse for these two buses was due to mechanical issues. The buses were awaiting parts in a local repair shop when the initial CHP inspection was performed. Records indicate once the repairs were completed, the buses were immediately inspected by the CHP and returned to service.

ARB Action: Approved for funding with LESBP state funds.
Determination Date: August 4, 2011
Contact: Janet Page (916) 324-1988

Reference #2011-41
Request: Allow Marine Corps Community Services at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (Miramar MCCS), that is part of the federal government, to be considered as an eligible applicant for LESBP funding to retrofit five buses that it owns and uses to transport children to public schools.
Air District: San Diego County Air Pollution Control District
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter IV, Section B(1)
Determination: The 2008 LESBP Guidelines describe the following categories of applicants that are eligible to receive funding for retrofits:

  1. Public school districts that own their own buses; this also includes Joint Power Authorities (JPAs) formed by several public school districts where the JPA holds ownership of the school buses; and
  2. Private transportation providers that contract with public school districts to provide transportation services.

Miramar MCCS is not a public school district, a JPA of public school districts, or a private transportation contractor, and does not contract with a public school district to provide transportation services. However, Miramar MCCS does transport children to and from public schools and is not exempt from the Truck and Bus Regulation.

Miramar MCCS may be considered as an applicant that is eligible to receive LESBP retrofit funds; however, this determination is contingent upon the LESBP retrofit contract agreement between the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District and the Miramar MCCS including a requirement that the Miramar MCCS own and operate the retrofitted buses, for the transportation of children to public schools, for five years or more.

ARB Action: Approved.
Determination Date: July 7, 2011
Contact: Kimya Lambert (916) 323-2507

Reference #2011-42
Request: Allow LESBP funding of Atascadero Unified School District Bus #25 (VIN 39106), granting exemption for 11-day lapse in CHP 292 certification (1/17/10-1/27/10).
Air District: San Joaquin Valley APCD (for San Luis Obispo County APCD)
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter III, Section A(2)
Determination: A letter from the school district indicates that the 11-day lapse was due to the CHP postponing inspections due to rain. The school district’s bus lot flooded several times, and the CHP officer had to try to fit his inspections in between rain storms and the flooding of the bus lot.

ARB Action: Approved for funding with LESBP state funds.
Determination Date: July 6, 2011
Contact: Kimya Lambert (916) 323-2507

Reference #2011-44
Request:
 Allow vendor payment for a new replacement bus for Bonita Unified School District even though the old bus has not yet been dismantled.
Air District:  South Coast AQMD
Guidelines Section(s):  Appendix C, Section K and Senate Bill (SB) 88 Section 44299.91(c)
Determination:  Communications from the school district transportation manager indicate that Bus #9, a 1986 Crown, was involved in a fatal accident. The CHP voided its DMV title; hence, it cannot be legally operated, and is parked at the school district yard. Because this bus is evidence and tied up in litigation, it also cannot be dismantled until legal issues are resolved. Delivery of the new replacement bus occurred on 2/1/2011 and the vendor, A-Z Bus, is requesting SCAQMD to authorize payment. The old bus is projected to be scrapped in 3-4 weeks, however, no documentation has been provided to determine the date of court action. The 2008 LESBP Guidelines state “For new buses, proof of new vehicle delivery and dismantling of the replaced vehicle must be provided before payment is made by the implementing agency.” SB 88 states “All school buses replaced pursuant to this section shall be scrapped.”

ARB Action:
 Not authorized for payment until dismantling occurs.
Determination Date:
 July 5, 2011
Contact:
Janet Page (916) 324-1988

Reference #2011-43
Request:
Allow LESB funding within the $20,000 retrofit funding cap to be utilized for Tahoe Truckee Unified School District buses #1, 14, 15, 16 and 23 to purchase a second spare diesel particulate filter (first filter for this retrofit manufacturer).
Air District: Northern Sierra AQMD
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter IV, Section C
Determination: Tahoe Truckee Unified School District has already installed 10 Cleaire diesel particulate filters and purchased a spare filter with LESB funding. The air district has a new contract with the school district for five additional Thermacat diesel particulate filters. The guidelines limit LESB funding to pay for only one spare filter for up to 20 in-service retrofits. The school district would like to use LESB funds to purchase a spare filter for the Thermacat diesel particulate filters. This request is consistent with the intent of the Guidelines to minimize disruption in the school district’s ability to provide transportation to students.

ARB Action: Approved for funding with LESB state funds.
Determination Date: June 29, 2011
Contact: Lisa Jennings (916) 322-6913
Reference #2011-37
Request:  Allow LESBP funding of a Big Valley Joint Unified School District replacement bus (VIN 1BABNBXA6CF284427), granting an exemption for work begun before full execution of contract.
Air District:  San Joaquin Valley APCD (for Lassen County APCD)
Guidelines Section(s): Appendix C, Section F.1
Determination:  The air district and school district had been discussing replacement and retrofit projects simultaneously.  In early 2011, the air district approved a bus replacement project for the school district, but did not provide a contract at that time.  Later, in March 2011, the air district sent an executed contract to retrofit two buses to the school district.  At the same time, the air district and school district had been working to finalize the bus replacement project, in preparation for “going to contract.”  When the school district received the executed retrofit contract and retrofit reimbursement paperwork from the air district, the school district mistook these documents as a replacement contract and accompanying reimbursement paperwork, and began work as if an executed replacement contract had been received.  The school district proceeded to purchase a new replacement bus (VIN 1BABNBXA6CF284427) and to dismantle the old bus (VIN 1BABWCMAIAF050393). 

The air district did not become aware of what had happened until May 2011, when the school district submitted a claim for payment packet for the new bus.  The air district confirms that it has all documentation showing the eligibility of both the old bus and the new replacement bus, and that it will keep on file a letter from the school district that attests to their mistaken understanding of the contract and reimbursement paperwork that they received. 

This approval is contingent upon the air district obtaining documentation that work on the replacement project did not begin before full execution of the retrofit contract that was mistaken by the school district as a replacement contract. 

Finally, while the ARB understands the circumstances surrounding this project, the ARB considers this to be a very unusual request and will not approve similar case-by-case requests in the future.

ARB Action:  Approved for funding with LESBP funds.
Determination Date:  June 9, 2011
Contact: Kimya Lambert (916) 323-2507

Reference #2011-34
Request:
  Allow LESBP funding of Mendocino Unified School District Bus #15 (VIN 38699), granting exemption for 22-day lapse in CHP 292 certification (4/12/11-5/4/11).
Air District:  San Joaquin Valley APCD (for Mendocino County AQMD)
Guidelines Section(s):  Chapter III, Section A.2
Determination:   A letter from the school district indicates that the 22-day lapse was due to a minor repair and CHP re-inspection scheduling.  Bus #15 would not start when the CHP inspector came to inspect it; the school district got new batteries for the bus, but the CHP inspector was unable to return for a few weeks.  The lapse was a result of circumstances beyond the school district’s control.

ARB Action:  Approved for funding with LESBP funds.
Determination Date:  May 24, 2011
Contact: Kimya Lambert (916) 323-2507

Reference #2011-32
Request:
  LESB funding eligibility for: silicone heater hoses, heavy duty heater pump, 5/8” marine plywood, battery disconnect switch, dual 50k BTU heaters, LH double luggage compartment rear overhang with lights, RH double luggage compartment between wheel-wells with lights, de-icer entrance stairs, LED light package, heated/remote mirrors, and stainless steel step well for Happy Camp Union Elementary School District
Air District: San Joaquin Valley Unified APCD (for Siskiyou County APCD)
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter III, Section A (3), and Advisory #MSC 09-18
Determination: LESB program funds are limited. In order to maximize the program’s benefit to California’s school children, guidelines require that funds can only be used to purchase a new school bus that is equipped with essential or standard equipment.  Advisory #MSC 09-18 lists specific equipment that is ineligible for funding as well as specific equipment that is eligible without a case by case determination by ARB staff.  For grant amounts over $115,000 the school districts are responsible for the cost of all locally required options, with the following three exceptions: transmission retarder, air conditioning, and automatic tire chains.

ARB Action: Not approved for funding with LESB state funds.
Determination Date: May 6, 2011
Contact: John Ellis  (626) 350-6516

Reference #2011-31
Request: 
LESB funding eligibility for: engine block heater, LED light package, stainless steel step well, and two additional 50k BTU heaters for Big Valley Joint Unified School District
Air District: San Joaquin Valley Unified AQMD (for Lassen County APCD)
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter III, Section A (3), and Advisory #MSC 09-18
Determination: LESB program funds are limited. In order to maximize the program’s benefit to California’s school children, guidelines require that funds can only be used to purchase a new school bus that is equipped with essential or standard equipment.  Advisory #MSC 09-18 lists specific equipment that is ineligible for funding as well as specific equipment that is eligible without a case by case determination by ARB staff.  For grant amounts over $115,000 the school districts are responsible for the cost of all locally required options, with the following three exceptions: transmission retarder, air conditioning, and automatic tire chains.

ARB Action: Not approved for funding with LESB state funds.
Determination Date: May 6, 2011
Contact: John Ellis  (626) 350-6516

Reference #2011-27
Request:
  LESB funding eligibility for: exterior luggage compartments for Springville Union School District
Air District: San Joaquin Valley Unified APCD
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter III, Section A (3), and Advisory #MSC 09-18
Determination: LESB program funds are limited. In order to maximize the program’s benefit to California’s school children, guidelines require that funds can only be used to purchase a new school bus that is equipped with essential or standard equipment.  Advisory #MSC 09-18 lists specific equipment that is ineligible for funding as well as specific equipment that is eligible without a case by case determination by ARB staff.  For grant amounts over $115,000 the school districts are responsible for the cost of all locally required options, with the following three exceptions: transmission retarder, air conditioning, and automatic tire chains.

ARB Action: Not approved for funding with LESB state funds.
Determination Date: May 6, 2011
Contact: John Ellis  (626) 350-6516

Reference #2011-26
Request:  LESB funding eligibility for: LED light package, stainless steel step well, engine block heater, and two additional 50k BTU heaters for Scott Valley Unified School District
Air District: San Joaquin Valley Unified APCD (for Siskiyou County APCD)
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter III, Section A (3), and Advisory #MSC 09-18
Determination: LESB program funds are limited. In order to maximize the program’s benefit to California’s school children, guidelines require that funds can only be used to purchase a new school bus that is equipped with essential or standard equipment.  Advisory #MSC 09-18 lists specific equipment that is ineligible for funding as well as specific equipment that is eligible without a case by case determination by ARB staff.  For grant amounts over $115,000 the school districts are responsible for the cost of all locally required options, with the following three exceptions: transmission retarder, air conditioning, and automatic tire chains.

ARB Action: Not approved for funding with LESB state funds.
Determination Date: May 6, 2011
Contact: John Ellis  (626) 350-6516

Reference #2011-25
Request:  LESB funding eligibility for: engine block heater, two additional 50k BTU heaters, stainless steel step well, and LED light package for Surprise Valley Joint Unified School District
Air District: San Joaquin Valley Unified APCD (for Modoc County APCD)
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter III, Section A (3), and Advisory #MSC 09-18
Determination: LESB program funds are limited. In order to maximize the program’s benefit to California’s school children, guidelines require that funds can only be used to purchase a new school bus that is equipped with essential or standard equipment.  Advisory #MSC 09-18 lists specific equipment that is ineligible for funding as well as specific equipment that is eligible without a case by case determination by ARB staff.  For grant amounts over $115,000 the school districts are responsible for the cost of all locally required options, with the following three exceptions: transmission retarder, air conditioning, and automatic tire chains.

ARB Action: Not approved for funding with LESB state funds.
Determination Date: May 6, 2011
Contact: John Ellis  (626) 350-6516

Reference #2011-24
Request:  LESB funding eligibility for: transmission retarder for Ukiah Unified School District
Air District: San Joaquin Valley Unified APCD (for Mendocino County AQMD)
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter III, Section A (3), and Advisory #MSC 09-18
Determination: Case by case approval not required.  Advisory #MSC 09-18 allows funding of a transmission retarder without case by case approval.

ARB Action: Case by case approval not required.  Acceptable to fund per Advisory #MSC 09-18.
Determination Date: May 6, 2011
Contact: John Ellis  (626) 350-6516

Reference #2011-23
Request:
  LESB funding eligibility for: LED light package, stainless steel step well, engine block heater, two additional 50k BTU heaters, and de-icer on entrance stairs for Butte Valley Unified School District
Air District: San Joaquin Valley Unified APCD (for Siskiyou County APCD)
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter III, Section A (3), and Advisory #MSC 09-18
Determination: LESB program funds are limited. In order to maximize the program’s benefit to California’s school children, guidelines require that funds can only be used to purchase a new school bus that is equipped with essential or standard equipment.  Advisory #MSC 09-18 lists specific equipment that is ineligible for funding as well as specific equipment that is eligible without a case by case determination by ARB staff.  For grant amounts over $115,000 the school districts are responsible for the cost of all locally required options, with the following three exceptions: transmission retarder, air conditioning, and automatic tire chains.

ARB Action: Not approved for funding with LESB state funds.
Determination Date: May 6, 2011
Contact: John Ellis  (626) 350-6516

Reference #2011-22
Request:
  LESB funding eligibility for: snow traction tires, baggage compartments, two additional 50k BTU heaters, engine block heater, stainless steel step well, and LED light package for Modoc Joint Unified School District
Air District: San Joaquin Valley Unified APCD (for Modoc County APCD)
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter III, Section A (3), and Advisory #MSC 09-18
Determination: LESB program funds are limited. In order to maximize the program’s benefit to California’s school children, guidelines require that funds can only be used to purchase a new school bus that is equipped with essential or standard equipment.  Advisory #MSC 09-18 lists specific equipment that is ineligible for funding as well as specific equipment that is eligible without a case by case determination by ARB staff.  For grant amounts over $115,000 the school districts are responsible for the cost of all locally required options, with the following three exceptions: transmission retarder, air conditioning, and automatic tire chains.

ARB Action: Not approved for funding with LESB state funds.
Determination Date: May 6, 2011
Contact: John Ellis  (626) 350-6516

Reference #2011-21
Request:
  LESB funding eligibility for: heated mirrors, and a stainless steel step well for Upper Lake High School District
Air District: San Joaquin Valley Unified APCD (for Lake County AQMD)
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter III, Section A (3), and Advisory #MSC 09-18
Determination: LESB program funds are limited. In order to maximize the program’s benefit to California’s school children, guidelines require that funds can only be used to purchase a new school bus that is equipped with essential or standard equipment.  Advisory #MSC 09-18 lists specific equipment that is ineligible for funding as well as specific equipment that is eligible without a case by case determination by ARB staff.  For grant amounts over $115,000 the school districts are responsible for the cost of all locally required options, with the following three exceptions: transmission retarder, air conditioning, and automatic tire chains.

ARB Action: Not approved for funding with LESB state funds.
Determination Date: May 6, 2011
Contact: John Ellis  (626) 350-6516

Reference #2011-11
Request:  LESB funding eligibility for: a wheelchair lift for Santa Maria Joint Union School District
Air District: San Joaquin Valley Unified APCD (for Santa Barbara APCD)
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter III, Section A (3), and Advisory #MSC 09-18
Determination: LESB program funds are limited. In order to maximize the program’s benefit to California’s school children, guidelines require that funds can only be used to purchase a new school bus that is equipped with essential or standard equipment.  Advisory #MSC 09-18 lists specific equipment that is ineligible for funding as well as specific equipment that is eligible without a case by case determination by ARB staff.  For grant amounts over $115,000 the school districts are responsible for the cost of all locally required options, with the following three exceptions: transmission retarder, air conditioning, and automatic tire chains. 
Specialized equipment, such as a wheelchair lift is an eligible option for funding for a grant amount over $115,000 when the bus to be replaced was equipped with a lift or was otherwise equipped as a special needs bus.  The LESB program is designed to replace buses on a ‘like-for-like’ basis, with the cost of equipment upgrades and options remaining the responsibility of the local school district.

ARB Action: Not approved for funding with LESB state funds.
Determination Date: May 6, 2011
Contact: John Ellis  (626) 350-6516

Reference #2011-30
Request:
Allow LESB funding of Lucia Mar Unified School District Bus #64 (VIN 39218) granting exemption for a 150 day lapse in CHP292 certification (4/5/10 to 9/2/10).
Air District: San Joaquin Valley Unified AQMD
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter III, Section A (2)
Determination: Written documentation from the school district indicates that the lapse was due to a lack of funds for necessary repairs until the following fiscal year.

ARB Action: Approved for funding with LESB state funds.
Determination Date: April 29, 2011
Contact: John Ellis  (626) 350-6516

Reference #2011-29
Request:
Allow LESB funding of Modesto City Schools Bus #30 (VIN 1C9BH14A1CL102110) granting exemption for a 4 day lapse in CHP292 certification (1/1/10 to 1/5/10).
Air District: San Joaquin Valley Unified AQMD
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter III, Section A (2)
Determination:
Written documentation from the school district and the CHP indicates that the lapse was due to necessary repairs discovered at the annual inspection.

ARB Action: Approved for funding with LESB state funds.
Determination Date: April 29, 2011
Contact: John Ellis  (626) 350-6516

Reference #2011-20
Request: Allow LESB funding of Summerville Union School District Bus #7 (VIN 1GBK6P1B0DV105506) granting exemption for a 52 day lapse in CHP292 certification (12/6/09 to 1/27/10).
Air District: San Joaquin Valley Unified APCD (for Tuolumne County APCD)
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter III, Section A (2)
Determination: Written documentation from the school district and the CHP indicates that the lapse was due to necessary repairs discovered at the annual inspection, as well as scheduling issues to re-inspect the bus.

ARB Action: Approved for funding with LESB state funds.
Determination Date: April 29, 2011
Contact: John Ellis  (626) 350-6516

Reference #2011-19
Request:
Allow LESB funding of Turlock Unified School District Bus #68 (VIN 1C9BH14A4BL102200) granting exemption for a 159 day lapse in CHP292 certification (4/28/06 to 10/4/06).
Air District: San Joaquin Valley Unified APCD
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter III, Section A (2)
Determination: Written documentation from the school district and the CHP indicates that the lapse was due to lengthy and necessary repairs (engine overhaul).

ARB Action: Approved for funding with LESB state funds.
Determination Date: April 29, 2011
Contact: John Ellis  (626) 350-6516

Reference #2011-17
Request: Allow LESBP funding of Shasta Union High School Bus #68 (VIN J70QVDG7509) granting a substitution for the required DMV Dismantlers Notice of Acquisition/Report of Vehicle to be Dismantled (REG 42) form with a DMV customer receipt copy.
Air District: Shasta County Air Quality Management District
Guidelines Section(s): Appendix C, Section K
Determination:  The school district was not able to obtain the REG 42 but was able to obtain a copy of the DMV customer receipt issued to the dismantler indicating that the bus was junked.  This DMV customer receipt is the document the DMV issues the dismantler after receipt of the REG 42 form.  Therefore, that receipt is a suitable substitution for the REG 42 as it is written confirmation from the DMV that the vehicle has been junked.

ARB Action: Approved for funding with LESB state funds.
Determination Date: March 21, 2011
Contact: Katherine Garrison (916) 322-1322

Reference #2011-16
Request: Allow LESB funding of two Hayward Unified School District buses granting extension of the 60-day requirement to dispose the buses.
Air District: Bay Area AQMD
Guidelines Section(s): Appendix C, Section K
Determination:  Communications from the school district transportation manager indicate that the old buses were not driven after delivery of the new buses.  The old buses were towed to the local dismantler company within the 60-day time period, but the dismantler was closed.  The buses were then returned to the school district and re-towed to the dismantler 33 days later after winter holidays and winter break.  Dismantling occurred 88 days after the new buses were delivered to the school district.

ARB Action: Approved for funding.
Determination Date: March 28, 2011
Contact: Janet Page (916) 324-1988

Reference #2011-12
Request: Allow LESB funding of Happy Camp Elementary School District Bus #6 (VIN 39111) granting exemption for a 16 day lapse in CHP292 certification (6/12/07 to 7/28/08) and a 13 day lapse in CHP292 certification (8/28/09-9/10/09).
Air District: San Joaquin Valley Unified APCD (for Siskiyou APCD)
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter III, Section A (2)
Determination: Written documentation from the school district and the CHP indicates that the first lapse was due to CHP staff issues and the second lapse was due to travel restrictions in the area due to wild fires.

ARB Action: Approved for funding with LESB state funds.
Determination Date: March 11, 2011
Contact: John Ellis  (626) 350-6516

Reference #2011-10
Request:
Allow LESB funding of Clovis Unified School District Bus #42 (VIN 39111) granting exemption for a one day lapse in CHP292 certification (1/3/11-1/4/11).
Air District: San Joaquin Valley Unified APCD
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter III, Section A (2)
Determination: Written documentation from the school district indicates that the lapse was due to school district staff furlough related scheduling issues. 

ARB Action: Approved for funding with LESB state funds.
Determination Date: March 10, 2011
Contact: John Ellis  (626) 350-6516

Reference #2011-06
Request:
Allow LESB funding of four Del Norte County Unified School District buses granting extension of the 60-day requirement to dispose the buses.
Air District: North Coast Unified AQMD
Guidelines Section(s): Appendix C, Section K
Determination:  Communications from the school district superintendent and transportation personnel indicate that the old buses were not driven after CHP certification of the new buses.  The old buses were taken to the new local dismantler company which has experienced delays in their own licensure process.  An extension of the dismantle time period was requested by the school district prior to the 60-day deadline.  If by mid-February the local dismantler has not completed their licensure process, the school district plans to drive the buses to a recycler 90 miles away.

ARB Action: Approved for funding with LESB State funds.
Determination Date: February 10, 2011
Contact: Robin Myers (916) 322-6973

Reference #2011-05
Request:
Allow LESB funding for Plumas Unified School District buses #20, #21, #22, #23, and #24 to include costs, up to the $20,000 cap, to replace injectors and remanufacture/upgrade head needed to accommodate the installation of the diesel particulate filter. 
Air District:  Northern Sierra AQMD
Guidelines Section(s): Chapter IV, Section C
Determination: The guidelines allow up to $20,000 for the cost of the diesel particulate filter, necessary data logging and installation, and maintenance for the device.  Maintenance for the school bus is not a cost covered by the LESB funding. 

ARB Action: Not approved for funding with LESB state funds.
Determination Date:  February 3, 2011
Contact: Lisa Jennings (916) 322-6913

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