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YUHSD to replace six buses through help of Clean Diesel Grant

Side of school busYuma Union High School District will receive $292,332 in grant funding to replace six school buses in its fleet.

The funding is part of the Maricopa County Air Quality Department’s State Clean Diesel grant through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The purchase must be completed prior to Sept. 30, 2022 and will reduce the average age of the Yuma Transportation Consortium’s buses by nearly three years. Overall, the district will retire six buses (one from 2001, one from 2005, and four from 2006) in exchange for the funds to be awarded.

The total cost of the buses is $1,083,845, meaning the district will be required to pay less than $800,000.

“It’s quite a savings,” YUHSD Chief Financial Officer Dianne Cordery said. “So, we are very thankful for the Maricopa County Air Quality Department for helping us out and we have improved the bus fleet immensely.”

It is the fourth time YUHSD has been awarded funding through DERA, including replacing nine buses in 2018, seven buses in 2019, and two buses in 2020.

Eric Patten