JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Jones County School District recently purchased 38 new school buses to add to its fleet of 130 buses.
The purchase makes it possible to replace older model buses that will eventually be sold by public auction.
The money raised will go back into the department's transportation fund.
These buses will bring the Jones County School's fleet of buses to consist of 2006 or newer models.
Of the 38 buses, 36 will be regular route buses and two will be special needs buses.
The purchase was approved by the Jones County Board of Education earlier this year.
The cost for the 38 buses was approximately $2 million.
Funds were borrowed from the 16-section principle fund, which is money provided to schools for such purchases, and will be paid back over the course of 10 years.
Superintendent of Education for the Jones County School District Tommy Parker said he is happy about having the newer and safer buses.
"We're just excited about the purchase of these new school buses for the Jones County school district and very appreciative of our Jones County Board of Education for making the purchase possible," Parker said. "Their primary concern is the safe transportation of our students to and from school each day."
The buses come equipped with digital cameras in them to monitor not only the activity on the bus, but also to keep track of the location of each bus via GPS.
The Jones County school buses transports around 650 students each day during the school year and there are around 130 bus routes.
According to Parker, there are around 135 school bus drivers and said that probably around 15 of the better school buses will be kept and used as back-ups when a bus gets a flat or has some other type of mechanical failure.
School starts for all Jones County schools on Aug. 4.