DEQ continues school bus replacement program

By Daniel McArdle
The Sheridan Press

 

SHERIDAN — Sheridan County schools are taking advantage of a school bus replacement program intended to reduce emissions and increase safety for students while cutting costs to districts.

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality received $788,215 in funding for the 2019 fiscal year Tuesday to continue the School Bus Replacement Program, according to Wyoming DEQ Outreach Program Manager Brian Hall, who operates the program in Wyoming. Hall said the funds should cover at least 25 buses this cycle.

“Newer buses equal better safety and reduced emissions, and all that stuff is all about the kids, so we’re doing something that’s really important for the health of our school children,” Hall said. “So I think it’s a great program.”

Since its creation in 2016, the program has helped replace 92 buses in Wyoming with about $2.1 million in grant money to reduce emissions and increase student safety.

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