An electric school bus will soon be coming to South Whidbey!
South Whidbey School District Selected for the National Clean School Bus Rebate Program
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new Clean School Bus Initiative will provide funding over the next five years (FY 2022-2026) to replace existing school buses with zero-emission and low-emission models. Funding for the program comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is the largest long-term investment in our infrastructure and economy in U.S. history. It provides $550 billion, over fiscal years 2022 through 2026, in new Federal investment in infrastructure. This will include spending on roads, bridges, mass transit, water infrastructure, resilience measures, and broadband. The EPA solicited applications for $500 million through the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates for zero-emission and low-emission school bus rebates as the first funding opportunity. There was an overwhelming number of applicants and awards were provided nationwide. South Whidbey School District applied for the rebate, and is one of five Washington districts selected for this opportunity.
On Wednesday, October 26, 2022, South Whidbey High School student and school board representative Audrey Gmerek introduced Vice President Kamala Harris and spoke on behalf of South Whidbey School District (SWSD) and United Student Leaders at this White House event, held at Lumen Field in Seattle. The event recognized Clean School Bus recipients, including SWSD, and provided the press and invited guests with information about the federal administration’s low-emission school bus initiative. South Whidbey School District was well represented with a mix of students, parents, board directors, staff, and administrators.
In addition to the students, Superintendent Moccia, Assistant Superintendent Dan Poolman (who wrote the application for this grant), Board Directors Brook Willeford, Ann Johnson, Joe Greenheron and Marnie Jackson, Facilities Director Jeremy Leuenberger, Communication Director Kristina Macarro, teacher Seth Raabe and parents Derek Hoshiko, and Marc and Betsy Gmerek.
Future updates to information regarding the electric bus will be posted on this page.
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