We all know about how much a used school bus sells for but I had no idea how much they cost new until this just showed up in my local newspaper:
"The purchase of eight new school busses generated an interesting discussion about priorities at the Feb. 7th Farmington Public Schools Board of Education meeting.
The school district's Transportation Department uses a 12 year school bus replacement cycle. After a bus serves for 12 years, the district disposes of it or keeps it as a spare.
The recommendation, which ultimately passed 4-2, sought five 75-passenger busses at approximately $531,000, two 21-passenger special education busses able to handle wheelchairs for approximately $197,000, and a 12-passenger special-education bus for almost $68,000 - a total of not quite $800,000. The pricing came through the Michigan School Business Official's School Bus Bid Program.
The busses also required Espar heaters to start them in cold weather at a cost of $2100 each. "
Holy freaking crap! that's $106,000 a piece for the biggies and 68K for a shortie! For that price you'd think they'd at least come with a nice sound system and some sharp wheel covers.
The article went on to say that the transportation director didn't think the new busses were a priority but the board decided to buy them anyway to avoid "busses breaking down at the side of the road and parents wondering why their kids were late."
For 106K I say let the kids push the thing back to the garage.