$34M Won't Replace All Buses Quarter-century Old - WSPA.com

$34M Won't Replace All Buses Quarter-century Old

Posted: Updated:
South Carolina's school bus fleet is so old, Superintendent Mick Zais' $34 million request for new buses won't even replace all buses that have been on the road for a quarter-century. South Carolina's school bus fleet is so old, Superintendent Mick Zais' $34 million request for new buses won't even replace all buses that have been on the road for a quarter-century.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -

South Carolina's school bus fleet is so old, Superintendent Mick Zais' $34 million request for new buses won't even replace all buses that have been on the road for a quarter-century.

The schools chief told a House budget-writing panel the money would allow the Department of Education to replace buses that are at least 23 years old.

But it wouldn't replace all of them.

The money would buy roughly 415 buses, fulfilling the 2007 law that calls for replacing one-fifteenth of the fleet yearly.

Numbers the agency provided The Associated Press show the statewide fleet includes 245 buses that are 23 years old, 754 buses that are 25 years old and 88 buses that are 26 years old. Agency spokesman Dino Teppara said Wednesday age and total mileage would determine which buses are replaced.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • Laboring On Labor Day: Tradition and Economic Opportunity

    Laboring On Labor Day: Tradition and Economic Opportunity

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:15 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:15:21 GMT
    For some, Labor Day is a farewell to white pants and shoes. For others, it means an extra day of vacation. There are also those who take the day quite literally and cash in on the holiday.For some, Labor Day is a farewell to white pants and shoes. For others, it means an extra day of vacation. There are also those who take the day quite literally and cash in on the holiday.
    For some, Labor Day is a farewell to white pants and shoes. For others, it means an extra day of vacation. There are also those who take the day quite literally and cash in on the holiday.
    For some, Labor Day is a farewell to white pants and shoes. For others, it means an extra day of vacation. There are also those who take the day quite literally and cash in on the holiday.
  • Woman Charged With DUI After 2 Children Die In Boating Accident

    Woman Charged With DUI After 2 Children Die In Boating Accident

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:08:30 GMT
    Dawn Thompson, 53, of EasleyDawn Thompson, 53, of Easley
    Dawn Thompson, 53, of Easley is charged with two counts of felony DUI  after a five-month old baby and a nine-year old child died after a boat capsized on Lake Hartwell Sunday in the Townville area.

    Dawn Thompson, 53, of Easley is charged with two counts of felony DUI  after a five-month old baby and a nine-year old child died after a boat capsized on Lake Hartwell Sunday in the Townville area.
  • 2 Women, 4 Kids Hurt In Lake Keowee Jet Ski Wreck

    2 Women, 4 Kids Hurt In Lake Keowee Jet Ski Wreck

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:59 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:59:29 GMT
    Authorities say two jet skis collided on Lake Keowee, injuring the two drivers and four children who were riding along.
    Authorities say two jet skis collided on Lake Keowee, injuring the two drivers and four children who were riding along.
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.