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FCPS awarded $16 million grant for electric school buses

FCPS awarded $16 million grant for electric school buses

On Jan. 9, FCPS was one of two Virginia school systems to be selected as the recipient of a federal grant worth
over $16 million to purchase 42 electric school buses.

The grant significantly aids FCPS’s goal to provide a completely carbon-neutral student transportation system by 2035.

FCPS and Newport News Public Schools were awarded the federally funded grant by The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a result of both school systems winning The Clean School Bus Program’s Grants
Competition. The grant also provides Newport News Public Schools $525,000 towards electric school buses.

According to FCPS’s website, FCPS currently has 8 electric school buses in operation, transferring over 141,000
students to school every day and planned to implement 10 more electric school buses in 2022. This grant allows FCPS to more than double their current amount of electric buses in use.

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The EPA program was created under the Biden Administration’s Investing in America Agenda and the passing of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) which became effective Nov. 15, 2021.

The law provides funding to aid school systems with better school buses that are more environmentally friendly, better efficient and impose better air quality.

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Emily Hawkins, Co-Editor in Chief
Senior Emily Hawkins is thrilled to be this year's Co-Editor in Chief of The A-Blast. This is her third year in the program and was previous In-Depth Editor and Arts Editor. When she’s not at school she enjoys listening to music, reading, crocheting or hanging out with friends. She hopes to pursue further education in university and to study communications and journalism. She is looking forward to a great last year on staff!

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