RCAS hopes to replace old school buses with the help of a federal grant

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The Rapid City Area School District is looking to replace old school buses, and hopes a federal grant will foot some of the bill.

Ten new school buses could be in the budget for Rapid City Area Schools if a grant is approved through the US Department of Energy's Clean Diesel Program.

The grant will not cover the full cost of the buses.

In fact it would cost close to $1 million to buy 10 new buses.

The grant would only partially reimburse the district after new buses are purchased.

The school district will not know if it received the grant until January.

One selling feature on new buses include digital cameras to record license plates if a vehicle runs past the vehicle's extended stop arm.

Dave Janak says, "People are in a hurry. Late for work. Need to go to this appointment. Need to do whatever. They just need to realize that a small person is trying to get across the street. If they move through that stop sign, they could hurt that person, unintentionally, but it (the stop arm) is put out there for a reason."

The school board will consider the issue Monday night at its meeting.