KUSD bus depot

Keppel Union School District’s Bus Depot at Antelope Elementary School cost approximately $2.58 million. The large red barn at right has space for two bus bays inside. District employees approved the notice of completion at their Thursday meeting.

PEARBLOSSOM — Keppel Union School District’s new bus depot is complete.

The depot includes a large red bus barn with bus bays inside.

Lancaster-based Webb Builders Construction completed the project on Oct. 28.  The total cost for the project was approximately $2.58 million.

Keppel trustees  approved the notice of completion at Thursday’s meeting as part of the process to register the completion with Los Angeles County.

The depot, constructed at Antelope Elementary School at 100th Street East and Avenue S, was the passion of the late Superintendent Ruben Zepeda.

Zepeda died March 6 from a heart attack.

The late superintendent urged Keppel trustees to have the district establish its own student transportation service to save money. Keppel was previously part of the Antelope Valley Schools Transportation Agency’s Joint Powers Agreement.

“Just a great feeling to know that we’re here now,” Keppel Superintendent Jacqueline Cardenas said at Thursday’s meeting.

Cardenas added the project is another part of Zepeda’s legacy.

Board President Dominique Ballante suggested the Board could possibly attach Zepeda’s name to the facility.

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