After discussing a recommendation to purchase six new buses for the Barrow County school system from two freight companies, the Barrow County Board of Education Tuesday night moved to split the item into two separate motions, and voted 6-2 in favor of purchasing all of the buses from an in-state manufacturer.
According to a by-law document an assistant superintendent read to the board in its Aug. 30 work meeting, the BOE was asked to take special consideration in its decision's impact on Georgia's economy. The purchase approval will have a total economic impact of nearly $50,000.
Board members William Bramlett and Rick Bailey voted against the motion.
Maybe because they heard the same thing others have heard. Creel has a friend at Bluebird. Don't that make things interesting. I also heard that Bluebird is from her neck of the woods the company maybe Peach county.... Hummmm Where there is smoke there usually is fire....Maybe Bramlett nor Bailey don't want to be Burned!
lol, that is funny sheesh. I will say this, it does make more sense to purchase the Bluebird buses. Not only will the county have more of the same buses, but with interchangable parts, a 'boneyard" of Bluebirds and keeping the majority of parts on hand and mechanics being more familiar with them, it makes sense and would save the county in the long run.
FYI… The bus shop has more international buses than Bluebird. The only Bluebird they have are the ones Creel bought last year plus a few more most of the others are international. I would venture to say that 75% of the fleet are international and I heard the international have a better track record on not needing to be repaired. Just because they tell you to read something does not always make it the best thing to do. But you are right they better stock up on those Bluebird parts for repair they are going to need them!
now the Journal had quoted someone saying the international or freightliner shared the same engine as the bluebird, so dont know why one would be more reliable, especially with a 5yr warranty they said came with purchase.