“We are making changes within our district that will benefit students for years and years. With the conversion to environmentally friendly school buses and district vehicles, we are able to use the savings generated to purchase much-needed technology infrastructure for our students,” said David McGehee, R-7 superintendent, at the launching event where the first two of new CNG school buses were displayed. “We will also be eliminating close to 150 metric tons of emissions and reducing our dependency on foreign oil products. It is truly a win-win situation for our schools.”
The nation’s largest school bus transition to natural gas and technology upgrades are currently underway with the first phase of the switch to NGVs taking place this summer. Additional phases of the vehicle transition will occur as buses and vehicles are due for replacement in future years. Long-term fuel and maintenance savings are estimated at approximately $11 million with outside resources for the initiative totaling close to $3.5 million.
In addition, the initiative includes construction of a CNG filling station near the district’s Transportation Department. This facility, expected to open in fall 2013, will serve all school district vehicles while providing the community and Kansas City metropolitan area with a public CNG station.
Source: Lee’s Summit R-7 School District