New LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner Spends First Day Touring District

Los Angeles Unified School District's new superintendent, Austin Beutner, kicked off his first day of work Tuesday with a choreographed tour of the nation's second-largest school district, from the San Fernando Valley to Carson.

His day began at 5:15 a.m. at a school bus depot and is scheduled to end more than 12 hours later at a parent meeting at Garfield High School. Along the way, Beutner is expected to be joined by school district administrators, L.A. Unified board members and teachers.

Though he will be covering a lot of ground, Beutner's tour has him skipping Tuesday's school board meeting, when members are expected to discuss labor negotiations in closed session.

At the bus yard in Sun Valley, where 300 buses are parked and serviced, driver Maria Carrillo walked the new superintendent through her daily routine of making sure her bus is safe and ready to use. A bus driver for 18 years, Carrillo is also a district parent.

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