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Dr. Howard Carlson began his career in the state of Washington where he taught agriculture, science, and math courses at the middle school and high school levels. He earned his B.S. Degree from Washington State University and his Master’s degree from Heritage University. He completed his doctorate at Washington State University in 1997.
In December, the WUSD Governing Board approved the purchase of 15 conventional route buses, one special education bus, and two 15-passenger activity buses with bond funds. Now our work turns to purchasing a travel bus for field trips, athletics, and music events.
The fact that we are located quite a distance from other schools and places where events occur required that we consider all of our options. Although this may not be general knowledge, in some cases, our students travel up to eight hours (four hours each way) to compete or participate in an event, oftentimes arriving home in the middle of the night. Many school districts, based upon travel distances, pursue the option of the purchase of a charter-type bus. The charter-type bus provides a bit more room, individual seating for doing homework, sleeping, and includes expanded storage space. Although we looked into this possibility, we decided to stick with the purchase of a traditional yellow and black school bus, which we can also use on routes and they require a safer standard.
All of the new buses should arrive at the end of June. We will trade in all of the other existing buses, with the exception of four of our current newer-model buses, which will continue to be in use on a daily basis. I want to thank the community once again for their support of our students and I trust each of us will rest a bit easier knowing that their travels will take place on new, safe, and mechanically sound buses.