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BeyondtheNews Transitioning to eco-friendly propane school buses may help districts save money and safeguard student health. Nearly every top school bus market now operates propane-fueled vehicles in its fleets, including Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. "The strong proponents say that it is a cost-effective change that along with saving money provides environmental benefits," says Mark A. Walsh, president of Transportation Advisory Services, a student transportation consulting advisory firm. With propane buses, students are not exposed to harmful chemicals in diesel exhaust, which the World Health Organization considers a carcinogen. A propane bus costs about $15,000 more than a diesel vehicle, but is less expensive to operate and maintain. Propane buses are not as efficient, but fuel prices make up for this, Walsh says- propane typically costs about 50 percent less than diesel per gallon. The federal government offers rebates for schools replacing diesel buses, further incentivizing a purchase. A 2014 study from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory GETTYIMAGES.COM: LEEKRIS Propane bus fleets gain momentum examined five districts using propane in their bus fleets, and some saved nearly 50 percent on a cost-per-mile basis for fuel and maintenance. The districts recouped the upfront costs of the vehicles and infrastructure needed (such as a propane fueling station and mechanic training) within three to eight years, the study found. Because propane buses are relatively new, some uncertainty remains regard- ing future value, Walsh says. He recommends administrators considering propane do the following: * Talk with several vendors to get the best price. * Ask administrators from nearby districts about their experience with propane buses. * Do a cost-analysis. * Invest in mechanic training and a propane fueling station. -A.D. DID YOU HEAR? MORE THAN WHILE 90% 78% of K12 administrators and teachers believe that addressing student behavior and the underlying social and emotional needs is a critical step in promoting student success. Source: YouGov 20 August 2016 of colleges require students to submit SAT or ACT scores, only 51% track whether or not such scores predict future grades. Source: National Association for College Admission Counseling District Administration http://www.GETTYIMAGES.COM

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