DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - In Dorchester County, brand new school buses will soon be taking students to and from school.
The District 2 board of trustees voted to buy over a dozen new buses for the fall. This purchase is expected to alleviate some of the problems the district has dealt with in the past.
Fifteen shiny new yellow school buses will be carting students around to Dorchester County District 2 schools come August.
The decision comes following a board meeting Monday night where members gave the official okay.
"What they wanted to do was eliminate all the confusion from last year and that's exactly right," said Fred Hoose, director and Liaison of Transportation for DD2.
Confusion that had students getting to school late due to bus delays, some of the vehicles breaking down on the side of the road, and a large amount of overcrowding.
"I'm glad they're having the buses," said Sydney Mize of Summerville. "I'm glad for other kids. My kids haven't been affected, but if other kids are, I'm glad that won't be an issue."
"It's a significant amount when you consider that we haven't to my knowledge purchased additional buses or received additional buses from the state to accommodate growth," Hoose said.
Hoose said on average the district could use between four to six additional buses a year for the amount of new students coming to the area; this fall an expected 600 newcomers based off prior years enrollment.
"We need to make sure we're more efficient than we have been in the past," Hoose said. "The transportation is a value added part of the school system, and that it's cost effective. That's part of what we're doing right now."
The fleet of new buses is expected to cost between one and one-point-five-million dollars. The money will come from a capital investment fund that the district has been adding to.
As for the look of the new fleet, "They'll probably look similar to [what we have already], but maybe a bit longer," Hoose said.
Buses that run in DD2 are owned by three different entities: the state, district and Durham School Service, however all are operated by employees with the Durham School Service.