Superintendent Scarlett M. Copeland, Transportation Director, Richard Riddle and the Appling County Board of Education are proud to announce they have obtained two Blue Bird propane fueled school buses. Appling County School System is only the second in the State of Georgia to have propane fueled buses and the first system in South Georgia. The Superintendent and Board of Education have made a long-term commitment to provide students in this system with the best in transportation while being highly cost effective with local funding for fuel.
These buses are estimated, using Appling County costs, to save $80,466.68 over the fifteen-year life of each bus. The cost to Appling County per bus is $29,239.00 after the state’s bond portion is added. At the end of the projected fifteen-year life of the buses, the taxpayers in Appling County will have saved $51,227.68 per bus above normal costs.
At the end of each year the Appling County Board of Education will apply to the Federal Government for a $.50 per gallon rebate which will then place the fuel cost per gallon of propane at $.89. Currently the Appling County Board of Education is paying $3.45 for diesel fuel for buses.
When comparing propane to gasoline and diesel; propane is the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels. Propane has 12 percent less carbon dioxide, 20 percent less nitrogen oxide, 25 percent less greenhouse gases, and up to 60 percent less carbon monoxide than gasoline. Please note that they are comparing propane to a fuel (gasoline) that burns cleaner than the fuel (diesel) that they are actually using.
These new buses are 10-17 B, which is on route in the Altamaha District, and bus 10-21 B which is on route in the Baxley District.
Superintendent Copeland stated, “We would like to again thank the people of Appling County for approving the one-cent sales tax for ESPLOST IV in order to assist the district in funding these buses.”