Rondout Valley Wins EPA’s Clean School Bus Award

Rondout Valley Wins EPA’s Clean School Bus Award
Posted on 10/28/2022
clean bus award graphicRondout Valley Central School District (RVCSD) recently won an award through the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean School Bus Program. The EPA program aims to transform school bus fleets across the country and make clean, zero-emissions school buses the American standard.

RVCSD has been selected for a funding amount totaling $9,875,000 for use in this program to replace 25 buses. These reserved funds include $9,375,000 for 25 new electric buses, and $500,000 for eligible charging infrastructure. 

Rondout Valley will continue to work with a contracted bus service, currently First Student. The contracted bus service will use the buses on the District’s behalf, and must ensure that for the first five years the buses will be used for Rondout Valley’s use only. 

RVCSD School Business Official Alyssa Hasbrouck applied for the grant through the EPA website, providing bus information based on First Student’s current fleet. Rules applied, including the requirement that the vehicles could not be manufactured before 2010, as the zero-emissions school buses will trade with current inventory. EPA prioritized high-needs school districts, including school districts with more than 20% of students in poverty, rural school districts, tribal school districts, and districts in underserved and overburdened communities.  

Hasbrouck is thrilled with the grant. “The new buses will improve air quality in and around schools and communities, reduce greenhouse gas pollution, and better protect children’s health,” she said. “We look forward to the positive impact these buses will have on the Rondout Valley community.” 

Plans for the buses and the location of the charging stations are currently in the works. RVCSD will begin purchasing the equipment in early 2023.