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Mapleton receives $395,000 to purchase an electric school bus

The Mapleton School District was granted the funding by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Mapleton School District receives funding for an electric school bus
Jay Dahl / WDAY News
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MAPLETON, N.D. — The Mapleton School District is receiving $395,000 in funding to purchase an electric school bus for their elementary school.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was given $5 billion to give to schools across the country in order to purchase electric buses to replace existing diesel fueled buses.

Mapleton, part of the $1 billion starting distribution, will be one of the early adopters as a result of meeting the criteria of being a rural school.

EPA regional administrator KC Becker said the school district submitted a strong application as well.

Becker also added that the cold climate of Mapleton was another reason they were selected.

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"We're excited, we think these school buses, electric school buses, can be really effective in this type of community," Becker said.

The district will now use the funding to order a bus, which is expected to arrive sometime next year.

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