Several new buses are ready to roll on the first day of classes set for Tuesday, Aug. 13. The new rolling stock is part of a large fleet that the Jasper School District has deployed to campuses in Kingston and Oark as well as Jasper.
Jasper School District transportation manager Brent Edgmon said the district has 24 bus routes in total, 12 at Jasper, seven at Kingston and five at Oark. That's a bus for each route, plus a few spares and activity buses, he said. It's important that the school district replace a few buses each year. This year two buses were replaced at Jasper with new 54-passenger Internationals, and a new 65 passenger special needs bus at Oark.
The school district received grant funds through the Environmental Protection Agency to assist in the purchases, Edgmon said.
The Environmental Protection Agency notes on its website that it anticipated awarding approximately $40 million in competitive grant funding for the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. According to EPA, the program solicits proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas.