The South Carolina Department of Education says it cannot afford new buses, so it’s buying used instead.
The agency announced Wednesday it has bought 24 buses from Alabama that average out at 11 years old. They’ll replace South Carolina buses that are twice that age. It marks the third time in six years that the agency has bought used from another state’s fleet. Officials bought the buses at an auction for a total of $192,000.
The Education Department raised the money after selling some of its retired, stripped-down buses as scrap metal.
In 2007, the Legislature approved a 15-year replacement period for the buses, but hasn’t been able to fund the cycle due to budget cutbacks. South Carolina is the only state in the country that maintains its own statewide fleet.