Ouachita school board votes to buy 12 new buses
The Ouachita Parish School Board has voted to purchase 12 new school buses and lease another eight for the fall semester.
The school board had planned to purchase a smaller number of buses to replace aging ones.
Board memberssay they had little choice but to buy more than the district planned and lease the others after a July fire destroyed seven buses at the school district's garage.
The school district will seek bids for the new buses, which will likely cost between $70,000 to $90,000 each depending on capacity.
But the new buses won't be available until early November at the earliest, necessitating the leases.
Leasing the buses through mid January will cost the district around $50,000.