A bond program designed to reimburse school systems for the purchase of new buses will allow Newton County to have six new buses in their fleet soon.
Three of the school buses will be 72-passenger and for regular-education students and three will be 48-passenger buses with lifts and service students with special needs.
The bond program is a development between the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission. The bonds are provided in lieu of school bus replacement funds for fiscal years 2010 and 2011.
The total cost for six buses is $574,746 and the state reimbursement will pay $457,752 of that, leaving Newton County a net cost of just $116,994 for the six new buses.