Clear Creek Independent School District is spending about $1.75 million on 20 new buses as part of a plan to update the district’s aging fleet.

The district plans to purchase 12 71-passenger diesel buses and eight passenger gas buses, records show.

The cost of the purchase is funded through money from a $487 million bond voters approved in May 2017, district officials said.

District officials plan to eventually spend $7.9 million to replace a total of 75 buses, officials said.

The total cost of the bond is meant to cover building a new elementary school in League City, rebuilding two schools, expanding others and making other improvements.

District officials want to replace several buses in the fleet of 292 because many had exceeded their average lifetime of 250,000 miles, said Ezell Brown, the district’s director of transportation.

Some of the buses were costing about $60,000 just to get repaired, Brown said.

In addition to the $7.9 million to replace the 75 buses, district officials plan to use about $24 million to improve the transportation center.

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