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YUHSD awarded funds from state for replacement buses

Yuma Union High School District was awarded nine school buses, for a total of $1.165 million, through Arizona’s Lower-Emission School Bus Replacement Program, which was announced by Governor Doug Ducey on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.

“We were awarded the maximum amount allowed,” YUHSD and Yuma Elementary School District 1 Transportation Director Ron Schepers said. “Within the next two years we anticipate having these brand new buses built, delivered and added to our fleet.”

Additionally, District 1 was awarded seven buses and both districts will utilize the Maricopa Clean County Grant to add several more new buses.

Overall, 55 school districts across Arizona received approval for the purchase of 142 diesel and alternative fuel buses, according to Governor Ducey’s announcement. Public schools with a school bus older than 15 years and over 100,000 miles were eligible for a diesel or alternative fuel replacement bus. The state has received 118 applications so far with the first wave of approvals affecting 55 districts, including YUHSD and District 1

For more information about which districts were awarded funds in wave 1, please click here.

Eric Patten
epatten@yumaunion.org