Central Valley receives $43K school bus grant

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Posted: Friday, January 10, 2020 6:00 am

The Central Valley School District has received a state grant to pay for half the $86,000 cost of a new 65-passenger school bus.

The district had applied for the grant through the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, part of a $14.7 billion settlement between Volkswagen and the U.S. Department of Justice following an emissions scandal linked to Volkswagen.

Superintendent Jeremy Brandt said the district will use the funds to replace a 2007 school route bus that has 160,000 miles on its odometer.

“We’re going to scrap that bus but load as many miles on it until spring or summer as we can,” Brandt told the Central Valley School Board on Wednesday.

The school district has received similar bus grants twice in the past six years, but those grants covered one-fourth the purchase price of a new bus, Brandt said.

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