South Carolina to spend $12.5 million on new school buses
State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais is expected to announce Thursday the delivery of the first additions to the state-owned bus fleet since 2007-08.
The new school buses will be funded by almost $12.5 million in unclaimed lottery-prize money.
Zais and other state officials were unavailable for comment today, which was a state holiday. It was unclear how many new buses are expected.
South Carolina operates the only state-run bus fleet in the country, and it also is the oldest fleet in the nation, with the majority of the buses more than 15 years old, according to the state Department of Education. Many of the buses date to the 1990s and some even to the 1980s. Some had logged more than 400,000 miles.
The fleet of 5,657 buses traveled more than 81 million miles to transport more than 655,000 students daily during the last school year.
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