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Consultant says 349 Hillsborough school buses should be replaced now

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Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia is meeting with school board members Wednesday to discuss the districts aging fleet of school buses. Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia is meeting with school board members Wednesday to discuss the districts aging fleet of school buses.
Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia is meeting with school board members Wednesday to discuss the districts aging fleet of school buses. Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia is meeting with school board members Wednesday to discuss the districts aging fleet of school buses.
Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia is meeting with school board members Wednesday to discuss the districts aging fleet of school buses. Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia is meeting with school board members Wednesday to discuss the districts aging fleet of school buses.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia is meeting with school board members Wednesday to discuss the district's aging fleet of school buses.

On Tuesday, Elia told 8 on Your Side that she knows that there are problems with aging buses, and now, there needs to be solutions.

During Wednesday's meeting a consultant told school board members that 349 school buses should be replaced right now and 193 school buses should be replaced next year.

The consultant also said that bus breakdowns are excessive and there is extremely low morale in the transportation department.

Wednesday's meeting comes on the heels of a new troubling report by School Bus Consultants, claiming 25 percent of buses in the county, are at the "breaking point." According to the report, the buses are safe now, but won't be if something doesn't change.

Tuesday the Superintendent met with transportation employees and bus mechanics in two separate meetings.

"There are families across the country who have had to hold back on purchases like cars and other vehicles we've done the same." Elia said. "Our buses are safe now but we're in a position to immediately move so we take care of needs to replenish fleet."

School board member, April Griffin, is a vocal critic of the Transportation Department. "We need higher pay for our bus drivers, we need new buses," said Griffin. "We need training for our supervisors, because of the way that some employees are treating other employees."

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