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State awards funding for school bus purchases

Posted at 12:28 PM, Jan 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-04 14:28:46-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Twenty-one Arizona school districts and one charter school will receive state funding to buy diesel and alternative fuel school buses, in the latest distribution of money from a settlement with Volkswagen for modifying vehicles to cheat on emissions tests and deceiving customers.

Gov. Doug Ducey's office announced Friday the distribution of $8.4 million for 76 buses, including $3.5 million to Tucson Unified School District for 35 buses.

Another Tucson-area district, Sunnyside Unified, is receiving $990,000 for nine buses. Glendale Elementary, Apache Junction Unified and Roosevelt Elementary are each getting funding for five buses.

Ducey last June announced the $38 million funding plan and later awarded $15.9 million to 55 school districts and charter schools for 142 buses.

Ducey's office said a third wave of awards is planned.