The Glen Rose ISD received more than $5,000 from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) Clean School Bus Program on December 11. The Clean School Bus Program offers funding and resources to Texas schools to help reduce the emissions of diesel exhaust from school buses.

In a press release, TCEQ Commissioner Larry Soward said retrofitting could significantly cut emissions.

“A relatively small investment in a retrofit can reduce emissions by 70 to 80 percent,” Soward said. “By installing these devices, we help protect the health of Texas school children.”

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) reports that more than 33 percent of school buses in local fleets are more than 10 years old.

Grant money can only be used to purchase filters and cannot be used to buy new buses. The filters should last between seven and 15 years and come with a 100,000 to 150,000 mile warranty.