May 17, 2013 8:43 AM by AP/CS
LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - The Livingston Parish School Board has doubled its bus budget to allow the transportation director to replace a fifth of the oldest segment of the district's fleet.
Of the 256 school buses on the road in Livingston Parish, Transportation Director Steve Vampran says 156 are 15 years old or older and, after inspection, 33 were recommended to be pulled off the line.
Vampran asked for school board approval to purchase 30 route buses for an estimated purchase price of $29,500 each and four handicap-accessible buses for $24,000 to $28,000 each.
The Advocate reports the board voted 8-1 Thursday to give Vampran a $1 million budget to buy "at least" 30 route buses and four handicap-accessible buses.