New school buses to hit Horry County roads

Ten new school buses will be added to the Horry County School District's fleet by the end of this year.

The Horry County School Board finalized the decision at their meeting Monday night.

The buses that will be replaced are, on average, 25 years old.

That vehicle age is around 10 years older than the average age of school buses in other states.

Horry County Schools Director of Transportation Jim Wright says the goal is to decrease the average age of the district's school bus fleet to 15 years.

Each bus will cost $84,000 to replace; $840,000 for all ten of them.

Eight out of the ten buses will be used to pick-up and drop-off kids at school.

The other two are activity buses. These school buses are used to take kids to field trips and other extracurricular activities.

Although the school buses are old, Wright says they're not unsafe.

"We inspect the buses every single day. We have a bus inspection every day. A six week, more in depth inspection. And every year we do a thorough every year inspection on all of our buses all the time, so it's not a matter of buses being unsafe or anything like that," Wright said.

The replacement of ten school buses is just a part of a long-term plan.

The goal is to replace all 40 of the district's routed school buses over a five year period.

It will take about six months for the school buses to be purchased and become a part of the fleet, according to Horry County Schools Chief Officer for Operations Rick Maxey.