New school buses will arrive later this year

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System is expecting to add a few more new buses to its fleet by the end of this school year.

The Newton County Board of Education unanimously approved last week during its monthly meeting the purchase of six new buses using funding provided by the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission.

The departments recently developed a bond program to provide reimbursements for local school systems to purchase new buses in lieu of providing bus replacement funds for the past two school years.

NCSS was given the maximum allotted reimbursement -- $457,752 for six buses. However, NCSS will end up paying an additional $116,994 from capital funds, which are used for construction projects and transportation, because of some of the extra equipment on the buses, said Dennis Carpenter, deputy superintendent for Operations at NCSS.

NCSS is purchasing three 48-passenger buses with a lift for $296,271 and three 72-passenger buses for $278,475; they are all equipped with air-conditioning units, which is not common in most of the system's 200-bus fleet.

"We have initiated the process," Carpenter said Monday, adding that NCSS expects to receive the buses by the end of the school year, June 30.

The buses come from Rush Truck Centers of Georgia, which was formerly known as Nalley Motor Trucks, in Atlanta.