Yeah even with fuel, lodging, beer for my copilot, tax, tag, title... I'm still in this bus a ton cheaper than buying a bus thats being privately sold.
Another good thing about buying from a school through an auction is that the person who's job it is to sell the bus for the district doesn't have any person motivation for the sale.
They often have the vehicle history available. They often hook you up with fuel for the return trip.