Schools Receiving Funds to Clean Up Bus Emissions

With sky-rocketing fuel costs and continued smog prevention efforts, school districts are working on acquiring clean fuel buses.

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It's estimated more than 5,000 school buses are just in Harris County. The Education Foundation of Harris County is working in the nine county area. Schools are getting money to change out and retro-fit buses so they don't emit as much pollution. Foundation Executive Director Doctor Bob Sanborn says the latest districts to benefit are Pearland, Alvin, Brazosport and Dickinson ISD's.

The technology does continue to evolve which makes working on the buses challenging for people like Rusty Myers who works on Pearland's buses.

Myers says with the more than $15,000 they received, they'll be able to retro fit 13 buses of the roughly 160 bus fleet. Earlier this week, the Governor directed that more money be spent in classrooms, that's left some wondering about how things like transportation will be affected. Pearland ISD Transportation Director Mark McKinney says their motto is education begins with transportation. He says it's too early to tell how they will be affected.

The Adopt-A-Bus program also involves the Environmental Protection Agency, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Greater Houston Partnership.

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