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SC buys old school buses from KY at auction

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina is buying 85 used school buses from Kentucky, the second such purchase in five years.

South Carolina got the money by selling the skeletal remains of old buses to scrap metal companies.

The state Education Department announced the purchase Tuesday. South Carolina is the only state that runs a school bus fleet.

The Legislature approved a plan in 2007 to replace the fleet every 15 years. But no money has been set aside to buy buses for two years.

State Education Superintendent Jim Rex says buying buses that average 18 years old is not ideal. But they will allow the state to get buses off the road that are 26 or 27 years old and average 450,000 miles each.

The average price this year is about $3,800. South Carolina bought 73 Kentucky buses in 2005.

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