Verde Valley schools to trade vehicles

Mingus Union High School and Camp Verde Unified School District will be exchanging vehicles.

Tuesday, the CVUSD board approved the trade of a Camp Verde bus for an MUHS Suburban. Camp Verde Support Services Director Stacey Barker said the value of the vehicles is about equal.

Barker said the trade would allow smaller groups of students, like the golf team, to travel without the expense of a paid driver and diesel. Instead, the team could travel in the school's small white bus and the Suburban, with coaches driving.

Mingus and Cottonwood-Oak Creek districts have asked to borrow buses from Camp Verde in the past, and the trade would fill their needs as well, Barker said. CVUSD has disposed of large passenger vans before, but Barker said that was because the insurance company frowned on things like 15-passenger vans.

"Anything below eight passengers is good for the insurance company," he said.

But the CVUSD board may change policy because of this agenda item. Currently, coaches and teachers are required to have a valid driver's license and go through training to drive school vehicles. There is no policy on driving records. In approving the request for the trade the board also instructed staff to create a policy that would include a request for driving records.

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