RCAPS to replace two buses

REED CITY – On Monday, Reed City Area Public School’s finance committee approved a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency that will help replace two school buses.

“We want to get rid of old polluting buses and get money for new, non-polluting buses,” said RCAPS Superintendent Tim Webster.

The agency is granting RCAPS two $20,000 rebates that will support two newer-model buses.

Nationwide, more than half of today’s school buses have been in service for more than a decade, according to the agency. The older buses lack pollution control, emitting nearly twice as much pollution per mile as a semi-truck.

School buses built after 2010 emit 95 percent less pollution than buses built prior to 2007. New buses are 60 times more environmentally friendly than buses built prior to 1991.

The district is looking into purchasing two buses with less than 36,000 miles on their odometers, Webster said.

On Monday, Dec. 15, two RCAPS board members will serve in their last meetings. Ed Raby, vice president of the board, lost his position in November’s election. Scott Ridderman, whose term ends this month, chose not to run again.

Craig Goodman and Derrick Bookwalter will be welcomed to the board in January.

Goodman’s wife, DeAnna Goodman, is principal of G.T. Norman Elementary School.

“The two new board members have been actively interested in what’s currently going on,” Webster said. “They’ll be prepared to join the board in January.”