Transportation Fleet to Upgrade at no Cost to the District
With over 2,000 applications submitted across the U.S., Cassville R-IV was one of 391 school districts that were selected to receive grant money through the EPA’s Clean Bus program.
The Clean School Bus program’s goal is to transform school bus fleets across the country and make clean, zero-emissions school buses the American standard. EPA has announced they are awarding nearly $1 billion in rebates for school districts that will improve air quality in and around schools and communities, reduce greenhouse gas pollution and better protect children’s health.
Cassville R-IV has qualified to purchase 5 electric buses at no cost to the district. The grant money also allows the district to purchase infrastructure needed to keep the buses running.
The district anticipates the new buses will be delivered to Wildcat Nation in 12-18 months.
“Receiving 5 new buses to our current fleet is a big deal for our district,” said Jake Kloss, Cassville R-IV Transportation Director. “The additional buses will allow us to put new buses on routes that typically use older buses.”
After the arrival of the new buses, the district will train with both the local fire department and EMS to educate safety personnel about the new vehicles. Kloss also reported that additional training will be provided to the district transportation team.