Over $36 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has been awarded to nine school districts in Mississippi.
The grants will help school districts purchase over 96 “clean school buses” that will accelerate the transition to zero-emissions vehicles and produce cleaner air in and around schools and communities.
“I am pleased to support the work that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is completing for the areas in my district,” Congressman Bennie G. Thompson said. “The $5 million will help the school districts purchase clean school buses. Many of the students in my district rely on school buses while traveling to and from school. I am thankful for the Biden-Harris Administration and the work that they continue to do. This is only the beginning of providing a healthier future and clean air that all children deserve.”
Mississippi school districts receiving funding are:
- Jackson Public School District – $9,875,000
- Calhoun County School District – $9,875,500
- Chickasaw County School District – $4,345,000
- Choctaw County School District – $3,660,000
- Vicksburg Warren School District – $3,500,000
- Tate County School District – $1,185,00
- Hollandale School District – $1,580,000
- Aberdeen School District – $1,580,000
- Grenada School District – $790,000
The school districts who received an award can now proceed with purchasing new buses and eligible infrastructure. Selectees will need to submit Payment Request Forms with purchase orders demonstrating they have ordered new buses and eligible infrastructure. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is also partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Transportation to provide school districts with robust technical assistance to ensure effective implementation.
“President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is accelerating our nation’s transition to electric and low-emission school buses while ensuring a brighter, healthier future for our children,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan said. “As many as 25 million children rely on the bus to get to school each day. Thanks to the Biden-Harris Administration, we are making an unprecedented investment in our children’s health, especially those in communities overburdened by air pollution. This is just the beginning of our work to build a healthier future, reduce climate pollution, and ensure the clean, breathable air that all our children deserve.”