S.C. aims to study school bus privatization

Posted on April 30, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina House recently voted to form a committee to study privatizing the state’s school bus fleet, The Charlotte Observer reports.

Studying the issue is a compromise after no consensus could be reached to require the state’s school districts to take over operation of their own bus systems. (South Carolina currently owns and operates its own school bus fleet.) Under the privatization proposal (House Bill 4610), districts could either operate their fleets themselves or contract operations out to private companies.

The House Ways and Means Committee’s Property Tax Subcommittee proposed the study as an amendment to the privatization bill. The study committee would consist of nine members: three appointed by the speaker of the House, three appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate and three appointed by the governor.

Committee members would look into the most cost-effective, efficient and safe way to provide school transportation services to students in grades K-12 utilizing state and local resources and funding. The committee would be required to submit its report to each house of the General Assembly and the governor no later than Jan. 1, 2013.

The study committee proposal will undergo a procedural vote and then head to the state Senate for consideration, according to The Charlotte Observer.

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Comments ( 1 )
  • Johnny Brown

     | about 6 years ago

    Part Charleston county is run by Durham Bus Service now and Beaufort county is run by First Student.I don't see what the problem is because the state can't keep up with the demand of maintenance of it current aging fleet.The private bus service can buy new buses with a ten year rotation that the state can't afford.This state is still running buses over 20 years old and purchasing used buses from Kentucky that has been retired. Our children should not be riding on buses that have been junked with a lot of rust issues from the north.It's sad to say but North Carolina owns there buses and their in better shape to go along with there age.I was a former driver in South Carolina and I had to drive those second hand piece of trash.The state can do much better with the lottery money but they would rather give it to higher education, so they say(colleges and university's). Public school should come first.

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