Six Kansas school districts receive $355k to replace old school buses

School Bus (KSN File Photo)

LENEXA, Kansas – Six Kansas school districts will be able to upgrade their bus fleets to new, cleaner buses with a total of $355,000 in rebates from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The school districts will receive rebates through EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding to replace existing diesel school buses.

Kansas districts receiving funding include:

  • Neodesha Public Schools, $100,000 for five buses
  • Haysville Unified School District, $60,000 for three buses
  • Uniontown Public Schools, $20,000 for one bus
  • Central Plains Unified School District 112, Holyrood, Kan., $40,000 for two buses
  • Royal Valley Unified School District, Mayetta, Kan., $40,000 for two buses
  • Haven Unified School District 312, $75,000 for four buses

“Americans put their children on school buses for a safe ride to school. They shouldn’t have to worry about harmful pollutants emitted from these buses,” said Janet McCabe, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “This funding will help keep our children safe and improve the health of those in communities across the country.”

The new buses are more than 90 percent cleaner, reducing pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and particulate matter that are linked to health problems including asthma and lung damage. The districts must use matching funds from other sources to purchase new buses.

The districts selected must maintain ownership of replacement buses for three years from the date of purchase, and the buses must be used for the purpose of transporting 10 or more preprimary, primary or secondary students to schools or homes during that three-year period.

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