Houston County’s Board of Education contemplated last night how to get their school buses replaced. In a couple of years, the county might actually have to pay for them.
Houston County schools use seventy-seven buses on a daily basis, and as long as the buses aren’t over ten years old, they're free. It’s called fleet renewal. But, in less than two years, over half will cross that threshold.
County Transportation Supervisor Brian McGriff discussed the issue with board members, but there are questions as to how to confront it. One of the questions was if it be wiser to stagger replacement of buses 10 or 15 at a time instead all at one time.
The state pays nearly five-thousand dollars a month per bus. Multiply that by the thirty five buses in question. That’s about 16-thousand dollars a month the county will be losing if they don't get the buses replaced by the 2006-2007 school year.
February 22, 2005