BONIFAY — The Holmes County District Schools welcomed 11 new school buses into their fleet on Aug. 8.
“All these buses are state of the art and have superior marks in safety,” said Superintendent Eddie Dixon. “The buses are longer, holding four more children and have seats that are a foot taller to protect the children’s heads and necks. There are also four digital cameras throughout the bus for increased security.”
Dixon said that the buses cost $106,000 each, and if not for the funds provided by the Ebro Greyhound Track’s additional funding the district would not have been able to afford the buses.
“Right now we’ve got enough to have one provided to each school,” said Dixon. “I would like to look into getting additional buses fairly soon. We still have buses that are 13- to 18-years old and that’s just not going to hack it.”
He explained that the proposed funding was established into the millage increase to help purchase the buses.
“These new buses get over 11 miles to the gallon, which is almost double the amount of the old ones, which only get six miles to the gallon,” said Dixon. “The money we’re saving in gas is going to take care of most of the interest rate in and of itself. This is a great investment for the safety of our students as well as economically for the school district.”