Every parent worries about their child when they go to school. Parents are leaving their child in the care of the school system in their particular city. These people assume that the buses used to transport their children to and from school are always kept in a condition that keeps them running safely and efficiently. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In fact, schools all over the state of South Carolina are using outdated school buses that are more than three decades old.
As you might expect, the main reason why the school buses in South Carolina have become so old and outdated comes down to money. Many of the state’s politicians have been focusing on other issues that they believe to be more important than figuring out how to get money to purchase new school buses. This critical issue has been put on the back burner for far too long. Now parents are becoming concerned that sending their children off to school in buses that are very old could be dangerous. At last, state legislators are hearing their pleas.
Molly Spearman is the School Superintendent for South Carolina. She is proposing a budget that allows 1,000 buses to be leased with the intent of eventually buying them. This would not completely solve the problem. However, it is seen by many concerned parents as a definite step in the right direction after years of inaction from politicians. Unfortunately, Spearman’s budget must be approved by the legislature of the state. There is no guarantee this will happen. It will be back to square one if her budget is rejected. As you might expect, the safety of the old buses is not the only concern. The high cost of maintaining old vehicles that require constant repairs is also a major issue. Hopefully, this issue will be resolved soon.