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In early January, Superintendent Heath Dickson and the Post ISD Administration began the process of writing a grant for the Texas Clean School Bus Program (TCBS).
The program, designed to reduce emissions of diesel exhaust from school buses, helps schools replace older buses with newer, ecofriendlier models.
It is reported by the Texas PTA that buses (and vehicles) over ten years old emit more pollution than newer models. Exposure to the produced diesel exhaust can aggravate allergies, asthma and other respiratory problems.
Post ISD spent slightly over $300,000 to receive three, 2021 model buses. However, with the grant, they will be reimbursed nearly $221,400, making the three route buses equal
the same price of one at retail.
With over 73 percent of the money being
refunded, Dickson refers to TCBS grant as a “great deal.”
To receive the grant, Post ISD had to submit the buses that they would be replacing with photos. PHS Student Rylee Jenkins took the necessary photos for the grant.
After the reimbursement is received, the ISD has 90 days to destroy the older model buses.
Additionally, the new buses will have to under go a five year evaluation.
Dickson is pleased with the grant, expressing his gratitude to those that helped.
“I’d like to give a special thanks to people that worked on the project,” he said.