District to Also Receive Zero-Emission School Buses in Nation’s Largest Deployment Effort
ELK GROVE, Calif. – April 19, 2017 – The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) proudly recognizes eight of its school bus drivers who received top awards during the California Association of School Transportation Officials’ (CASTO) Chapter 6 – Road-eo. The drivers received one team award, five individual awards and a first place individual award in the open and novice categories. The friendly competition was held on April 15, 2017, with the goal of instilling safe driving practices for school bus drivers.
Upon hearing about the awards, the Deputy Superintendent of Business Services and Facilities, Robert Pierce said, “Our parents trust school bus drivers to safely maneuver daily road obstacles while their children are onboard. Winning the awards during the Chapter 6 Road-eo highlights the priority placed on the safety of our students and the community when transporting students to and from school.”
The EGUSD Road-eo team now moves forward with preparations to compete in both the Northern California Sectional on Saturday, April 29, and the State Championship on Saturday, May 28. Both competitions will be held at The Galt Market in Southern Sacramento County.
Additionally, new zero-emission school buses from First Priority GreenFleet will become part of the District’s bus fleet to support the District’s forward-thinking goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, eliminating mobile criteria pollutants and providing sustainable transportation for its students. Pierce remarked, “Not only do our drivers skillfully handle daily road challenges with students onboard, they can now be upstanding environmental role models. Receiving the zero-emission school buses will continue to support the District’s trendsetting approach to use alternative fuel options that will ultimately provide our planet with cleaner, safer air to breathe.” The expected delivery date of the zero-emission school buses is July 2017.
The California Association of School Transportation Officials, better known as CASTO, was founded in 1968 to promote safe pupil transportation for all California children. They are dedicated to the safety of all children through education and training in every avenue of transportation. CASTO is recognized by State and Federal agencies and other professional organizations as the leader of school transportation safety in California. The mission of CASTO is to provide leadership and educational opportunities to the passenger transportation community, that results in the safest, most cost effective transportation through professional development, public awareness, legislative, and regulatory advocacy.
About the Elk Grove Unified School District
The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 65 schools: 40 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 40 career-themed academies and pathways within 14 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day.
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