Several school districts in Georgia are buying new buses thanks to a $50 million state bond project. 178 school districts will use these one time bonds to replace old buses. These bonds come in place of regular state funding that has been cut.
Carlton Allen is with the Department of Education. He says he expects the money to be used within the next year.
“For fiscal year 10 and for 11, local school districts did not receive any funds for bus replacement. They were originally allocated some money for FY 10 but that money was taken back because of the poor economy. For FY 11 no money was allocated for bus replacement.”
Allen says allocations are based on whether a system got buses from a similar bond project in 2006. In total, over 600 new buses will be bought from three suppliers.