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School Bus Health

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Columbia, S.C. -

A bus problem is hitting South Carolina schools.

The state has the oldest bus fleet in the nation with the average school bus 15 and a half years old with more than 220-thousand miles on it.

Lawmakers approved a plan in 2007 that called for a portion of the fleet should be replaced every year.  It also said no bus should ever be more than 15 years old. But it's not a requirement. The state superintendent has asked for about $48 million dollars to buy new buses but got about 23-million.  They're hoping to buy new buses next year.  Those new buses would replace the oldest ones in the fleet---some of which are from 1984.

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