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26.11.14

SCHOOL BUS SYSTEMS * USA

* South Carolina - Old school buses


Charleston,SC,USA -WCSC/Live 5 News, by Raphael James -Nov 24, 2014: -- Funding delays mean South Carolina is lagging in efforts to replace aging school buses in a timely manner... With a fleet of buses that are among the oldest in the country, that means some buses taking children to school today may have been ridden by those students' parents or grandparents... State School Superintendent, Mick Zais, testified to the state senate that, "South Carolina maintains the only state run school bus fleet in America. It's also the oldest" fleet in America... The General Assembly provides and maintains buses for every school district in the state. Those buses, aren't always brand spanking new. In fact most of them are not. State law says the bus fleet is to be replaced every 15 years. But Zais says, more than 60% of our buses are over 15 years old... Almost 100 of them are more than 26 years old... He says to replace the more than 3,000 buses statewide that are older than 15 years old would cost the state $273 million. For the past two years he's asked the General Assembly for $34 million and received less than that for buses each time...

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