Statewide, Iowa – State Auditor Rob Sand is encouraging Iowa school districts to apply for federal infrastructure grants to replace aging diesel buses. Grants can be used to purchase buses that are battery-powered or run on propane or compressed natural gas. Sand says the federal program places no limit on the amount of money given to each state.
The application deadline is August 19. Sand says more efficient school buses could have a big impact on a district’s budget.
The grants come from the bipartisan Congress on the Infrastructure Bill approved last year. The program aims to replace buses that are at least 12 years old. The US Environmental Protection Agency has a list of 204 public school districts in Iowa that would be prioritized for grants because they are rural or serve a student body with a high poverty rate. Meskwaki Settlement School is also on the EPA’s priority list for bus replacement.