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Clarke Schools to get $300K for propane buses

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Clarke County Schools will use a federal grant to help offset the purchase of new propane-powered school buses.

The Clarke County School District will receive $300,000 has part of the EPA's Clean School Bus Program aimed at accelerating the nation's transition to lower emission vehicles that produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities.

Georgia school systems will receive a total of $51.1 million dollars in grants as part of the program, with awards going to 15 school systems in the state. While most of the funding provided will go toward equipping systems with electric buses, in Clarke County's case, the funding will be used supplement the purchase of 10 buses that run on propane.

The largest grants of $9.9 million dollars each are headed to school systems in Atlanta, Clayton County and Savannah-Chatham County, where the funds will be used to assist with the purchase of 75 electric buses.