Missouri Districts Cope with Low School Bus Funding

Missouri districts are discussing running school bus operations amid low funding levels, even as the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education asked the state legislature for increased levels of school bus funding. Their goal is to cover 75 percent of district transportation costs within five years.

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First School Buses Purchased from Volkswagen Settlement are Propane-Powered

LAFAYETTE, La. — Louisiana is the first state to release its Volkswagen settlement fund dollars, and Lafayette Parish Schools has become the first recipient. Given the choice between replacing aging diesel school buses with newer diesel models or with buses fueled by propane, this district chose to utilize funding from the state’s Environmental Mitigation Trust to purchase 10 new Blue Bird Vision Propane school buses.

Transportation Services Co. Launches $50 Million Bus Buyback Program

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Industry-leading Fleet Management Company announced today that it has added a new capital program for school districts and transportation contractors to buy back aging fleets and replace them with new vehicles. The company says this may be a great opportunity for cash flow-focused contractors and budget-restricted school districts, to use leasing and financing solutions that can be customized to fit their student transportation program’s unique needs and circumstances.