Sheldon Community School District Officials Have Talked About Propane Buses

Sheldon, Iowa — While it’s not something they’re considering for the immediate future, the thought of using propane to power school buses in the Sheldon Community School District has been talked about by a couple of officials.

We asked Sheldon Superintendent Cory Myer if it’s something that has been considered because the federal emissions settlement with Volkswagen is providing nearly $5 million that school districts can apply for to replace diesel buses and to cut air emissions. Myer says Sheldon has not participated in that program while he’s been the superintendent.

He says a number of factors come into play.

Myer says they’ve kept the district’s bus costs down another way.

The Iowa Propane Gas Association is lobbying districts to try propane buses over electric or new diesel engines. Association president Deb Grooms says they’ve already seen some districts make the switch.

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