DeSoto County scrambles for more school buses

Desoto County buying more buses

(WMC-TV) - Buses in DeSoto County are busting with students causing the school district to scramble for more seats.

Mississippi's largest school district keeps getting bigger. More students means a bigger need to buses to take them to school.

"They're crowded. We don't let them get overcrowded and there is a limit to what we can put on a bus," said DeSoto County Schools Director of Transportation John Caldwell.

DeSoto County has decided they need to buy new buses.

"We've got 12 buses coming in, which is a good start," said Caldwell.

Douglas Arnold's grand kids are some of the more than 18,000 students who ride the bus in DeSoto County.

"If they have a few more buses, it makes it a lot easier to transport the students and you can spread buses around a little better," said Arnold.

The Desoto County School District tries to buy new buses every year and rotate some of the old ones out.

"The budget squeeze has held us back the last couple of years. We haven't been able to purchase a lot of new buses," said Caldwell.

The new buses will cost around $75,000 each. The district is looking to spend about one million dollars.

Caldwell says the buses will be added to the county's fleet of 400. Each bus seats 71 students.

The new buses should be in DeSoto County by Thanksgiving.

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