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South Carolina updates aging fleet with 342 new buses

By Thomas McMahon


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South Carolina State Superintendent Mick Zais called a new bus purchase “the first step in modernizing the nation’s oldest school bus fleet.”

South Carolina State Superintendent Mick Zais called a new bus purchase “the first step in modernizing the nation’s oldest school bus fleet.”

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina has made its first purchase of new school buses since 2008, officials announced last week.

The state, which owns its school bus fleet, has received the first deliveries of the new buses, State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais said in a press conference on Thursday.

After all deliveries are completed, 342 new school buses, equipped to transport students with and without disabilities, will be in service in state-owned bus shops across South Carolina.

“Transporting students safely to and from school is a priority for the Department [of Education] and school districts,” Zais said. “These buses are more fuel efficient, less expensive to maintain, and are equipped to transport students with disabilities. Today marks the first step in modernizing the nation’s oldest school bus fleet.”

The new school buses will replace all buses from model years 1984, ’85, ’86 and ’87, as well as some ’88 models. Each bus cost $82,030, and the South Carolina Department of Education spent a total of $28,054,260 from lottery revenues, general fund carry-forward revenues and revenues from the sale of scrap metal from decommissioned school buses.

The state’s new school buses (as pictured above) will replace old buses (as pictured below) from model years 1984-88.
<p>The state’s new school buses (as pictured above) will replace old buses (as pictured below) from model years 1984-88.</p>
Zais thanked the state’s General Assembly for prioritizing funds for school bus procurement in the past two state budgets. Of the total funds spent, 88% ($24,567,000) was appropriated from unclaimed lottery prize funds and excess lottery revenues in fiscal years 2011-12 and 2012-13.

Zais has reportedly supported and requested funding for school bus procurement during his tenure as state superintendent of education. He also requested $34 million for school bus purchases in fiscal year 2013-14.

“Today is an example of how elected officials from different political parties can come together and work towards a solution,” Zais said. “South Carolina didn’t earn the distinction of operating the oldest bus fleet in the nation overnight, and this issue won’t be fixed overnight.

“State government has heard the concerns of students and parents about the age of the school bus fleet, and today is a tangible milestone as we work towards resolving this issue in the years ahead.”


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They will keep their old buses thats how they fix newer one...

RP    |    Aug 12, 2013 11:40 AM

top picture old wayne bottom picture Thomas C2

gage miller    |    Jul 29, 2013 06:53 AM

you know i ilve in South Caroilna and in Beaufort County we only got 5 of these buses.when i first saw this bus i was like WTF thats a NC spec bus why in the world will they copy them.i mean at least put the white roof on top dang dont matter if that bus has AC or not.but the bus not that bad,i some what like it. i just whis the state will just keep all of SC buse the same with out copying other states.im sure when the state buy more buses its going to be a NC spec bus.

ken    |    Jan 19, 2013 09:22 PM

What will they do with there old buses then??? A. Trade them in for someone to buy them to do all kinds of conversions. B. Recycle them for Scrap. C. Take them to the Dump.

Thomas Woolum    |    Jan 07, 2013 04:46 PM

I had to do a double take, i thought i was looking at North Carolina School Buses. Well i feel honored that South Carolina, wants to mimic our buses, i like, i like.

cdcruizer05    |    Jan 04, 2013 09:40 AM

What is this old Wayne doing in Carolina (lower picture)?

cyberkotic    |    Jan 03, 2013 08:22 PM

First Student buys hundreds of new buses every year. It was a good joke though.

C2FAN    |    Jan 03, 2013 12:38 PM

Great News for South Carolina. Even better news is that First Student can now make a deal with South Carolina for their 1984-88 buses to upgrade First Student's fleet.....

Joe Prevish    |    Jan 03, 2013 03:12 AM

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