LINDALE, TX (KLTV) - Changes one East Texas school district made to their buses is helping teachers in the class room.
"We're very excited," expressed Lindale ISD Superintendent Stan Surratt.
That's putting it lightly. On Friday, the Texas Railroad Commission handed over a check for $48,000. And in tough times, the money will be put to good use.
The check will provide much-needed supplies and resources for the classroom.
Commissioners awarded Lindale ISD for upgrading a few of their buses to propane fuel.
"The grant reduces their capital cost in producing buses which in these economic times it helps the districts save tax money," explained Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter.
So far, there are seven buses in the fleet that are powered by propane. But for the Lindale Independent School District, its not just about saving money, it's a step in healthier living.
"It reduces air emissions and pollution," says LISD Transportation Director Bryan Mendez, "We're giving the kids a quieter, cleaner ride. These buses are such a pleasure to drive in."
To save more money and breath a bit easier, the district plans to add more propane-powered buses to their fleet in the future.
There are 64 school districts across Texas currently using propane-powered buses.
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