HISD gets Railroad Commission grant for propane buses

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The Texas Railroad Commission has awarded the Houston Independent School District a $2.1 million grant for new propane buses and a fueling station.

The grant will fuel the purchase of 25 propane buses and an 18,000-gallon fueling station with capacity to expand the fleet. Currently, HISD has five propane buses and expects 20 more within the next few days.

The fueling station, which will be installed at the Barnett Transportation Facility at 6800 Fairway Dr., will be complete in November.

Each propane bus saves the school district about $3,000 per year in fuel and maintenance costs, according to information from HISD. The propane-powered buses will reduce particulate matter by 99.99 percent more than the 1989 model-year diesel buses.

HISD’s fleet includes 1,000 school buses that transport 29,000 students throughout the greater Houston area, which encompasses 305 square miles.

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Harvin C. Moore has volunteered in public education since 1989 when he began tutoring in New York City's East Harlem Tutorial Program, and later in Houston with Communities in Schools. Harvin joined the original board of the KIPP Academy in 1996 and served as Treasurer and Vice Chairman as it began its national expansion. From a desire to broaden the effect of education reform to more children who desperately need it, he ran for and was elected to the Houston Independent School District Board of Education in 2003, where he has served for three terms and as President in 2008. Harvin is an executive in the aerospace industry, where he first worked as a college intern on the launch crew of the first privately funded rocket to reach outer space in 1982. He contends that school reform is not rocket science. He also contends they are both hard work. Harvin publishes The Transformation Times, a blog centered on public education reform issues, at http://www.harvinmoore.com, and tweets @harvinmoore.