McDONOUGH — The Henry County school bus fleet is about to get some some new wheels.
On Monday, the Board of Education approved the purchase of four new school buses. They are propane-powered, air conditioned and can transport up to 72 students each.
The buses will be purchased from Yancy Bus Sales and Services for $402,000. However, using state bond funds of $308,880 and a $32,000 Georgia Department of Education Alternative Fuel Bus Funding Grant, the total cost to the district is $61,120.
Monies from the Education Special Local Option Sales Tax V will pay the bill. SPLOST V funds were collected between 2013-2017. As of September 2019, the district has $762,554.66 of unassigned funds from the collection.
This is the second round of bus purchases as the school district works to replace its aging bus fleet.
Henry County Schools kicked off the 2019-2020 school year with 23 new buses — all propane-fueled and air conditioned.
Transportation Director Cliff Shearouse said in an interview this summer, the district intends to replace its 350-bus fleet with the cleaner burning fuel over the next eight-10 years.
“We want to do our part in leaving a greener footprint,” he said.
According to Josh Malcom, Facilities and Maintenance executive director, propane is not only cleaner, but cheaper as well.
When asked about using the remaining SPLOST V funds, Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis said she believes “we could continue to look at using these funds to replace the bus fleet.”