Two area schools getting funding for a new bus.
The Environmental Protection Agency is providing 185-thousand dollars in total rebates to seven rural Iowa school districts, including two in the area, for upgrading to new, cleaner buses.
Districts receiving funding include the Odebolt Arthur Community School, receiving 20-thousand dollars for one bus…and the Cherokee Community School District is getting 25-thousand dollars for one bus.
The new buses are more than 90-percent cleaner, reducing pollutants such as nitrogen, oxides, and particulate matter that are linked to health problems including asthma and lung damage. The districts must use matching funds from other sources to purchase new buses.