The Palm Beach County School District is set to roll out 78 new school buses, thanks to money raised through the penny sales tax. Purchased in January 2017, the buses will go into the fleet for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.
Forty-five of the buses are designed to transport students with special needs, coming equipped with wheelchair lifts that boast a maximum weight capacity of up to 1,000 pounds. The interior of these specially designed buses have room for five wheelchairs.
The buses also have higher and more heavily padded seatbacks, seatbelts, an air conditioning system, and a child safety alert system that sounds an alarm if a child is accidentally left on a bus.
The voter-approved referendum allows the District to introduce new buses each year over the next 10 years, and retire older buses from its fleet of 800.