COLUMBIA — South Carolina schools chief Mick Zais is presenting his budget request to a House panel.

Zais is scheduled to speak Wednesday at the House Ways and Means subcommittee on K-12 education.

The Republican superintendent wrote in a budget proposal last fall to Gov. Nikki Haley that he wants to resume buying textbooks and enough school buses to comply with the state’s 15-year replacement cycle. He wants to close the incentive program for teachers earning national certification.

Zais’ proposal included an additional $9 million to keep school buses fueled and running, and $36 million for new school buses so the agency can get buses from the mid-’80s off the road. All but five of the state’s 201 buses that date from 1984 through 1987 are for students with disabilities.