We are pleased to announce that the District has received a grant of up to $200,000 toward the purchase of ten replacement diesel school buses through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Diesel Mitigation Trust Fund.
The new school buses will be purchased and ready for service by the start of the 2021-2022 school year. These buses, like many of Riverside’s current buses, will be equipped with camera systems with high resolution video and audio. The camera systems include two external cameras for catching school bus stop arm violations and will also include four internal cameras placed throughout the bus.
The grant will allow the District to retire ten old buses ranging from model year 2001 through 2006. As required by the grant award, the old buses will be permanently scrapped as soon as the new buses are ready to be utilized. Purchase of these new buses will result in reduced diesel emissions and improved safety for our students.
“We are excited for this opportunity to accelerate our bus replacement cycle by purchasing ten new school buses with improved safety enhancements, better fuel economy, and reduced diesel emissions,” said Riverside Local School District’s Treasurer, Gary Platko.