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Grant supports UCS taxpayers by accelerating bond issue’s bus replacement program
Grant supports UCS taxpayers by accelerating bond issue’s bus replacement program
Posted on 06/22/2020
Students exiting UCS buses

Utica Community Schools will accelerate a bus replacement program after securing a state grant.

The $701,054 grant will reimburse 25 percent of costs for replacement buses included in a voter-approved $155 million bond issue.

“The grant is great news for UCS taxpayers,” Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “It addresses one of the bond issue’s key focus areas of student safety by supporting our ongoing bus replacement program.”

The grant, awarded by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, will expedite the replacement of 30 buses that have been certified by EPA certified to improve air quality.

UCS buses transport more than 16,000 students to and from school daily in Michigan’s second largest school district. The district has approximately 230 buses.

The replacement program is part of the bond issue approved by UCS voters in 2018, which is focused on three critical areas: safety and security; infrastructure improvements identified through the district’s long-range facility program; and technology. Updates are posted at: http://uticak12.org/2018bond/updates.