Central Illinois Schools Seeking Grant for Electric Buses

While most of the school districts in the area are going green by going off the grid and connecting to solar power, one district is taking extra strives to provide services that keep the air clean. District 210 in the small village of Williamsfield is one of seven school districts that are part of the Central Illinois Bus-to-Grid Initiative. The initiative is seeking grant money from a settlement between the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Edwards power plant, totaling $8.6 million, to purchase electric buses and get off of buses that use diesel fuel. District 210 Superintendent, Tim Farquer, says there are three prongs to the initiative.

The other school districts that are part of the initiative are the Farmington, Elmwood, Dunlap, Hollis, North Pekin, and Marquette Heights as well as one municipality — the City of Pekin.

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