Bay District Schools Receives New Buses

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PANAMA CITY-- Bay District school officials took delivery Wednesday on two of 10 new buses they've ordered for the upcoming school year.

The buses are equipped with energy efficient engines, better air conditioning units, and more safety features.

In fact, they're the first buses manufactured by International to feature the new energy efficient engines and the first to Florida.

School District officials have been using ad velorem tax revenue to buy new buses for the last few years to replace their aging fleet.

"We used to have the third oldest fleet in the state of Florida, and we're rising very quickly. We've got 29 new buses we're phasing out buses that are 1980s 1990s," said Bay County Director of Transportation, Robert Downin.

Downin expects to receive the other eight buses by the end of the month.