School district receives big check for propane buses

Published: Sep. 30, 2011 at 7:45 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2011 at 11:49 PM CDT
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LINDALE, TX (KLTV) - The Lindale Independent School District received a check for more than $48,000. The Texas Railroad Commission awarded the money after the school after the district upgraded a few of their buses to propane fuel.

In tough times, the money will be put to good use.

"Provide supplies, needed supplies for the classroom or resources for staff for the classroom," said Lindale I.S.D. Superintendent Stan Surratt.

"The grant reduces their capital cost in producing buses. Which, in these economic times, it helps the districts save tax money," said Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter.

So far, there are seven buses in the district that are powered by propane. But it's not just about saving money, it's a step in healthier living. The Railroad Commission says the propane-fueled buses produce less pollution. And that's good news for the kids.

"We're giving kids a quieter, cleaner ride. These buses are such a pleasure to drive in," said Surratt.

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