RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators tightened the public school budget again this year in part by looking to extend the life of the statewide fleet of more than 13,000 yellow school buses.
A provision in the state budget law created a new formula to calculate when aging school buses can be replaced. Rep. Dean Arp of Union County helped create the formula that he says could free up $185 million over five years for other public school needs.
The state has been replacing a local district's bus once it's 20 years old or has traveled 200,000 miles. Now it's 20 years or 250,000 miles, with some exceptions.
District transportation officials say they're worried whether there'll be enough money for maintenance.
Safety inspections are still required every 30 days on each bus.
Created: Sun, 01 Sep 2013 10:16:23 EST
Updated: Sun, 01 Sep 2013 10:16:23 EST