Originally Posted by Bean
Hi all -
I am the Director of a small school district. We have a 96 Transit style 53 seater school bus with a newer engine which became out of compliance with California's new emission requirements.
Do the "new emission requirements" apply to all vehicles or just school buses? Can the bus be repurposed or titled to use for another use without the conversion expenses. How about using it for a storage container, book mobile, nurses station, mobile office (for fundraisers or public fairs for example) building maintenance department work truck, etc? Sell it out of state? I realize that you are forced to sell by auction, but the auction house that you are using appears to be inept. Find another auction, maybe Ebay? DIY auction it at a fundraiser (WITH PLENTY OF FREE PUBLICITY) without converting it? Get the funds to convert it at a public fundraiser? - that way you will see how much public support there is for the idea.
I think the project ideas are great, but school buses can be converted to a lot of different uses beside RVs and mini homes. Personally, if it is in good mechanical condition I would try to find a low cost, school district, rolling use for it. Have a student contest to come up with ideas. Publicly, but politely, remind the state lawmakers and voters that their ill conceived laws have real world repercussions.
I applaud your effort, I wish that there were more people like you working in govt jobs.