Five Missouri districts get federal funds to replace buses

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 | 6:45 a.m. CST; updated 9:40 a.m. CST, Wednesday, November 13, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — Five Missouri school districts will be getting federal money to replace old school buses with more energy-efficient versions.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources said in a release the districts will receive funds of up to 25 percent of the cost of a new school bus, with a $20,000 maximum per district.

Districts receiving the funds are Clever R-5, Hannibal Public Schools, Joplin Schools, Ozark R-6 and West County R-4.

The funds come from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and are administered by the DNR's Early School Bus Replacement Program.

The DNR says controlling diesel emissions from school buses can benefit children because they're more susceptible to the health effects of the emissions.

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