They're kicking the tires in Hillsborough
The seemingly simple and straightforward process of buying new school buses is anything but.
For two consecutive meetings, Hillsborough County School Board members have rejected proposals to replace some of their buses, complaining that the information was given to them last-minute and the cost numbers didn't add up.
The board voted on Aug. 13 to establish a committee that will road-test, for lack of a better word, different state-approved brands to see which are more comfortable and economical. Committee members would include parents and drivers, mechanics and administrators.
The process will be up for discussion at the Aug. 27 meeting, which begins at 5 p.m. Here is how it is expected to work.
It does not, however, address the district's chronic shortage of drivers.