Whether the purchase of six new buses for the Barrow County School system will make an impact on Georgia’s economy will be determined Tuesday after the Barrow County Board of Education votes on the purchase. The BOE meets at 7 p.m.
Last week, the board heard a recommendation from assistant superintendent Jake Grant on why the system needs the new buses. The system is on a course to reduce the replacement cycle of buses from 22 years to 12 years, making the six-bus purchase the second purchase of new buses within five years.
Grant has asked school superintendent Wanda Creel to recommend the board approve the purchase of two 72-passenger buses from Blue Bird Body Company Buses sold by Yancey Bus Sales at $79,609 each and four Thomas Build Buses sold by Peach State Freightliner at $91,544 each.
The purchase grand total would be $525,394. More than $150,000 of that purchase would be paid for by allotted state funds and approximately $513,000 would be paid for using available Barrow County Schools SPLOST IV funds.
While it is the superintendent’s recommendation to go with the low bidder, Grant was by law required to read a document in favor of the economic impact of Georgia manufactured goods in favor of Blue Bird buses and Yancey Bus Sales and Service.