Trigg County and the other 22 school districts will be receiving almost $1.5 million to retrofit 690 school buses, said a press release by Jay Blanton of the governor’s office, which added that the availability of the funding was released in April, with 35 school districts applying for the funding.
The Trigg County school district itself landed $117,000 to retrofit some of the district’s school buses, said Trigg County School Superintendent Tim McGinnis, who added that the goal is to have all buses retrofitted by June 20, 2010.
“The initiative is to reduce pollutants through the installation of equipment that ‘re–burns’ exhaust,” McGinnis said.
Mark Harris, director of transportation for Trigg County Schools, said the emissions on the buses will be reduced by up to 70 – 85 percent.
The school system has 41 buses, including the regular 66-passenger buses as well as the small buses and buses for the handicapped, and of those 17 of the buses from before 2007 will be retrofitted, Harris said.
“I am pleased to announce that as a result of this funding, over 202,000 students will benefit from this program. Air, both in the bus cabin and outside of the buses, will be cleaner, resulting in less student and staff absenteeism from health concerns such as asthma,” said Beshear.
The Trigg County Board of Education had authorized McGinnis to apply for the funding in May, said McGinnis.
The buses will be retrofitted with a combination of diesel oxidation catalysts, diesel multi-stage filters, and crankcase shaft filters, Blanton said, going on to say that the funding also went to purchasing diesel particulate filter cleaning machines and replacement filters for the crankcase shaft filters.