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Schools receive matching grants for new buses

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Eight Iowa school districts will receive money to buy a more environmentally friendly school bus.

The money comes from grants by Iowa's Bus Emmissions Education Program (BEEP). District receive $30,450 in exchange for removing and disabling a school bus with an engine model years 1981-1992.

The 8 districts are Camanche Community Schools in Clinton County; Independence Community School District in Buchanan County; West Hancock Community Schools in Hancock County; Southeast Webster-Grand Community School District in Webster and Boone Counties; Western Dubuque County Community School District (Farley); George-Little Rock Community School District in Lyon County; Cardinal Community School District in Wapello County; and Creston Community School District in Union County.

Districts must match the grant amount with their own funds. That money can come from the general fund, but according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, most districts will use Physical Plant and Equipment Levy or School Infrastructure Local Option tax funds for their grant match.

Eligible school districts were required to enforce an idling reduction policy, demonstrate need, and discuss their efforts to reduce pollution at their facilities. The new buses they will purchase must at least meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2007 engine standards for environmental controls and safety standards. New buses emit 95 percent less pollution than the old bus engines the school districts are required to disable.

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