The Young Elementary School District was one of two area school districts slated to receive new buses in the first round of Arizona’s Lower-Emission School Bus Program awards.
In a Dec. 6, 2018 statement, Gov. Doug Ducey announced that 55 school districts and charter schools across Arizona were approved to buy 142 diesel and alternative fuel buses, totaling $15.9 million.
The Young Elementary and Miami Unified School Districts were awarded $110,000 each with which to buy a new school bus.
Wendy Boyse, who has worked in the maintenance and transportation department for two years, called it “awesome.”
“The school can really use it and the kids deserve it,” said Boyse, who grew up attending school in Young.
With a student population of about 50 kids, Young had two buses, one that the school runs and the other that is used as a backup.
The bus used on a regular basis is a 2007 which Boyse described as “still in great shape.”
The new diesel bus is replacing the school’s 1996 backup bus.
Boyse, who is also a school bus driver, worked directly with Canyon State Bus Sales, who built the brand-new bus.
The 48-passenger bus includes mud and snow tires, as well as tinted windows because of the Arizona sun, she told the Silver Belt.