LS R-7 Board of Education approves service agreement for significant savings on school bus fuel

// Posted By Janie Rohlfing

Agreement reduces surcharge for CNG fuel from $1.12 to 40 cent per gallon, saving $1.5 million over next 10 years

The Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education approved a fuel service agreement with the district’s compressed natural gas (CNG) provider that will save approximately $1.5 million over the next 10 years. The agreement with Clean Energy reduces the district’s existing fuel charge from approximately $1.12 per gallon to 40 cents per gallon.

Through the agreement, Lee’s Summit R-7 is purchasing the infrastructure used for the slow fill of its school bus fleet to significantly reduce the cost per gallon. Since transitioning to CNG-powered school buses, Lee’s Summit R-7 has been recognized as a model school district in terms of CNG power and environmentally friendly practices. The district has continued to work closely with Clean Energy to ensure a successful program.

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District began using CNG-powered school buses in 2013. At the time, the district’s move to CNG was the nation’s largest school bus transition to compressed natural gas. In addition to reducing the district’s carbon footprint, CNG-powered buses provide a quieter and cleaner ride for students and save money for taxpayers.

  The R-7 School District transports approximately 12,500 students each school day, traveling more than 2 million miles annually within the 117-square-mile school district.

Through the CNG initiative, the district operates a public compressed natural gas filling station, located at 500 SE Transport Drive in Lee’s Summit. In addition to the CNG school buses, the district has transitioned to CNG-powered facility maintenance trucks.

Buses parked at the slow fill stations.

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