Lake Washington School District receives grant funding for two zero-emission buses
Redmond, Wash. – On Tuesday, January 9, 2024, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Lake Washington School District (LWSD) will receive funding for two new electric buses and infrastructure to support them through the Clean School Bus Program Grants Competition. This grant is designed to replace diesel buses with zero-emission buses. LWSD was one of 20 districts in Washington to receive these grant funds totaling nearly $15 million.
The funding comes from Clean School Bus Act which was included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and provided $5 billion in funding for low- and zero-emission school buses. This legislation created a competitive grant program, the Clean School Bus Program, for school districts and other eligible entities to apply for funding to replace their diesel buses with clean models. The program is administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
"We are excited to bring zero-emission buses to our district," said Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent. "We have applied for multiple grants to help us bring zero-emission buses to LWSD but have not been selected until now. We are incredibly proud of our team for continuing to find ways to help us fund projects like this in our district."
LWSD participated in a group application with 16 other districts across the state to meet minimum application requirements. This included minimum number of buses requested and prioritizing Title I schools. Buses purchased as part of this grant will be used at Frost Elementary, one of our two Title I schools. The other Title I school, Muir Elementary, is primarily a "walking school" that is not serviced by our traditional school buses.
About Lake Washington: Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the second largest district in the state of Washington, with over 30,000 students in 56 schools.