New School Year Underway in SC With No New School Buses - WSPA.com

New School Year Underway in SC With No New School Buses

Posted: Updated:
South Carolina schools have started the new school year without any new school buses, despite having the oldest fleet in the nation. South Carolina schools have started the new school year without any new school buses, despite having the oldest fleet in the nation.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -

South Carolina schools have started the new school year without any new school buses, despite having the oldest fleet in the nation.

Richland District 2, which started classes Wednesday, had three buses breakdown before picking up a student. Transportation supervisor Brian Mahelsky says, "One didn't start. One got out of the yard and then developed a problem with its air pressure, couldn't get brake pressure. Had to stop. And we had another, right over here in the lot, once it got rolling a little it wouldn't engage in gear."

The breakdowns delayed the students on two routes for about an hour each.

The average school bus in South Carolina is 15.5 years old with more than 220,000 miles on it.

State Department of Education spokesman Jay W. Ragley says, "State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais requested $48.2 million for next year's budget. He received approximately $23.5 million, but most of that's not available right now and probably won't become available until sometime next year. And so while there's no buses that are going to be purchased right now, we hope to be able to buy buses sometime next year with that $23-and-a-half million, if all of it is eventually realized and deposited to the Department of Education."

When it buys new buses, the department tries to make sure each school district gets at least one new one.

State lawmakers passed a law in 2007 recommending that the state replace 1/15th of the school bus fleet every year, meaning no bus would ever be more than 15 years old. But it’s not a requirement, and lawmakers have provided the funding to buy enough buses only once during the six years the law has been in effect.

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • Spartanburg County Deputies Looking For Home Detention Escapee

    Spartanburg County Deputies Looking For Home Detention Escapee

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:31 AM EDT2014-09-01 13:31:58 GMT
    Mugshot: Lonnell Norvell Chamblee (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)Mugshot: Lonnell Norvell Chamblee (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)
    Spartanburg County Sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who escaped from home detention. According to an arrest warrant issued by the sheriff's office, 21-year-old Lonnell Norvell Chamblee, of Spartanburg, is wanted for escape after he cut off his ankle monitoring bracelet and escaped from the home detention program.
    Spartanburg County Sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who escaped from home detention. According to an arrest warrant issued by the sheriff's office, 21-year-old Lonnell Norvell Chamblee, of Spartanburg, is wanted for escape after he cut off his ankle monitoring bracelet and escaped from the home detention program.
  • Deputies: Powdery Substance Found In Iva Mailbox; Hazmat Responded

    Deputies: Powdery Substance Found In Iva Mailbox; Hazmat Responded

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:22 AM EDT2014-09-01 10:22:45 GMT
    File PhotoFile Photo
    Anderson County Fire, HAZMAT, EMS and Sheriff's Office responded to a call of a powdery substance found in a mailbox in Iva Sunday. 
    According to the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, a call came in about a person locating a powder in a mailbox on Continent Road.Once crews arrived on scene, it was determined that the substance had no biological threat. 
    Anderson County Fire, HAZMAT, EMS and Sheriff's Office responded to a call of a powdery substance found in a mailbox in Iva Sunday. 
    According to the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, a call came in about a person locating a powder in a mailbox on Continent Road.Once crews arrived on scene, it was determined that the substance had no biological threat. 
  • Child, Infant Killed After Boat Capsizes

    Child, Infant Killed After Boat Capsizes

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:17 AM EDT2014-09-01 08:17:41 GMT
    Child and Infant Killed After Boat CapsizesChild and Infant Killed After Boat Capsizes
    Anderson County Emergency Officials have recovered the body of an infant in Lake Hartwell after a boat capsized Sunday evening.

    Anderson County Emergency Officials have recovered the body of an infant in Lake Hartwell after a boat capsized Sunday evening.  Deputies tell us a 9 year old child died when a boat overturned.
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.