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09/28/2021

 


  Massachusetts governor calls in national guard to drive school buses

Chelsea Public Schools announced that 15 troops will be driving North Reading Transportation school bus routes.
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  From Bus & Motorcoach News:

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has summoned 250 National Guard troops to fill in as school bus drivers, as the state is reeling from a shortage that is affecting most of the U.S.

Chelsea Public Schools announced that 15 troops will be driving North Reading Transportation school bus routes. Superintendent Almi G. Abeyta published a letter to parents on Twitter on Sept. 13 explaining the troops will be in uniform but will not be armed. They also started school bus-specific training that week.

Abeyta added that the troops will not start driving 7D school vans on routes until that training is completed. "All drivers will meet all state and local health and safety measures," he relayed...............

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  Treasury guidance expands list of eligible CERTS expenses


The U.S. Treasury Department seems to be nearing the end of the CERTS grant application approval process.
U.S. Treasury - Photo: WikiMedia Commons


  From Metro:

The U.S. Treasury Department seems to be nearing the end of the CERTS grant application approval process. Most of the recipients have received their initial payment, estimated to be 80% of the full award. Below is a summary of how CERTS funds are to be spent, including information from the newly issued FAQs earlier this month.

Recipients are required to spend at least 60% on payroll costs. The remainder can be spent on operations costs. There is also a requirement to rehire or recall employees furloughed after March 27, 2020, within 30 days of funds receipt UNLESS operations do not warrant the same staffing due to demand for services....................

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  California District Adds 6 Electric School Buses

Six Blue Bird electric school buses rolled out for the Escondido Union (Calif.) High School District on Wednesday.
Officials from the Escondido Union High School District in California celebrate the rollout of six new electric buses. Photo: Escondido Union High School


    From School Bus Fleet:

Six Blue Bird electric school buses rolled out for the Escondido Union (Calif.) High School District on Wednesday.  The buses (the district's first electric school buses) made their debut at the Escondido High School transit yard. They'll replace diesel-powered buses that are currently in service, and they'll carry students to and from school, on field trips, and for other transportation needs.

The new buses represent about 30 percent of the district's school bus fleet. Construction breaks ground in October on a new charging station. Until that comes online, the district will use temporary chargers for the electric buses..............

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