by Susan O’Neill
Kanelandâ€”The Kaneland School District received a grant from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) for $190,427. The grant, the Illinois Clean Diesel Grant Program, is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The grant will allow Kaneland to purchase and have installed direct-fired heaters on 34 school buses, and direct-fired heaters, diesel multi-stage filters and closed crankcase ventilation units on five buses. The installation of this equipment means that the buses will not need to be plugged in during the winter, saving energy and money.
The updated technology included in the heaters also meets more stringent emission standards than those currently utilized in the buses, reducing the diesel emissions and fuel consumption of the existing vehicles, as well as improving operational efficiencies.
Transportation Director Jim Ogle, who applied for the grant, was at Monday’s meeting to answer questions from board members.
The heaters will be installed by June 30.
â€œI think that’s terrific,â€ School Board member Cheryl Krauspe said during the Feb. 22 board meeting.