Last July I ran across Hank Butitta's build (HankBoughtABus.com) and was massively inspired. I dug around on the internet that night and found a ton of stuff about Skoolies, including Skoolie.net, that I was previously completely unaware of. Two weeks later, I bought a bus. I tend to rush into things headlong.
I bought the bus from Montgomery County (Maryland) School District through an online auction. I was led to the auction by a post on here that someone made (thanks, whoever you were!).
The bus is a 2000 Thomas MVP Pusher, it has 138k miles on it and appears to be in great shape. I paid $3500 for it, which I believe was the most any bus went for in that round of auctions, but was worth it to me as it had the second lowest miles of any of the ones up for sale, and appeared to be in the best shape. Very happy with the bus overall.
I live on the Connecticut coast with my wife and four kids (our oldest child is nine). The bus has been parked at our part time homestead of sorts in Upstate NY (which is about five hours from our primary residence in CT), so work on it has been limited to the time we are in NY, which was not much last year. We're planning on taking it on a road trip around the US when we get it completed.
I cut the seats out last year, and we got some of the lettering off, and that was about as far as it got in 2014.
So far this year I have gotten the interior about 95% stripped down (ceiling panels down, all seats out and bolts in the floor ground out, floor mat 50% up etc..) and am looking forward to prepping the inside for construction.
I'll try to update this thread as I progress, hopefully it doesn't end up being one of those threads that dies after two pages.