Fayette schools buy 19 new buses for $1.6 million

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Fayette County schools will be getting 19 school buses for the new school year that begins in August.

The Board of Education previously approved the purchase of 12 72-passenger buses and seven 48-passenger buses. But when it came time to place the order the price of the buses by the manufacturer had increased by approximately $2,100, said Superintendent Jody Barrow.

Barrow said that, even with the increase, the new price was better than the second lowest bid so the school board approved the $1.6 million purchase.

Barrow said delivery of the new buses is expected this summer.

When the buses arrive they will be stationed at the school system’s new bus barn located on Goza Road adjacent to Whitewater High School. The bus barn and school system transportation headquarters will open this summer in time for the new school year.

Facilities Director Mike Satterfield at a previous meeting said the Goza Road complex is within approximately two miles of the geographic center of the county which is located near Harp Road and Redwine Road.

Access to Peachtree City has been enhanced by the realignment of Bernhard Road at Ga. Highway. 85 immediately to the south and with the installation of a traffic light at the intersection, Satterfield said.