The Columbus, Ohio, district is essentially getting 17 new school buses free of charge because of the troubled economy.
Chief Operating Officer Larry Hoskins told the school board last week that weak demand for buses has resulted in a price drop. It means the school system can buy 137 buses with money that had been budgeted for 120 buses.
The district is paying $10.5 million for the new vehicles. About half of them will be delivered in June; the rest will come by the end of 2010.
A version of this article appeared in the January 28, 2009 edition of Education Week