Clear Creek Independent School District is spending about $1.75 million on 20 new buses as part of a plan to update the district’s aging fleet.
The district plans to purchase 12 71-passenger diesel buses and eight passenger gas buses, records show.
The cost of the purchase is funded through money from a $487 million bond voters approved in May 2017, said Elaina Polsen, spokeswoman for the district.
District officials plan to eventually spend $7.9 million to replace a total of 75 buses, officials said.
The total cost of the bond is meant to cover building a new elementary school in League City, rebuilding two schools, expanding others and making other improvements.
District officials want to replace several buses in the fleet of 292 because many had exceeded their average lifetime of 250,000 miles, said Ezell Brown, the district’s director of transportation, in a previous interview with The Daily News.
Some of the buses were costing about $60,000 just to get repaired, Brown said.
In addition to the $7.9 million to replace the 75 buses, district officials plan to use about $24 million to improve the transportation center.
Since voters approved Clear Creek’s bond, another Galveston County school district also has plans to update its bus fleet using bond revenues.
Galveston voters in May will decide on a $31 million bond referendum, which leaders envision as the first in a two-part plan to improve district facilities.
The May election will not raise the district’s tax rate, officials said.
Included in the May bond referendum is $2.5 million to purchase 20 buses and 15 fleet vehicles and another $410,000 to build a new bus wash and fuel canopy at the district’s transportation center, records show.