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The LaRue County School District received the 2013 Green Fleets of the Bluegrass Award. This award is given in recognition to the district as one of the top-five school districts participating in the Hybrid Horsepower for Kentucky Schools program. This is the second year the district has received this award.
In August 2010, LaRue County Schools in Hodgenville took delivery of Kentucky’s first Hybrid Electric school bus. The school system now has four ThomasBuilt Hybrid Electric buses in its fleet.
Over the last three years the district has seen as 36 percent savings in fuel amounting to 7,285 gallons.
Sam Sanders, superintendent for LaRue County Schools said, “The LaRue County Schools take pride participating in this program. It is the right thing to do for future generations.”
Kentucky has the largest Hybrid Electric school bus fleet in the nation. With 156 buses in 34 school districts across the Commonwealth, performance data has been tracked monthly and is used by school districts and the hybrid electric industry across the nation.
The Hybrid Horsepower for Kentucky Schools program is a partnership between the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition, LaRue County Schools, the Kentucky Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Energy.
“The program has saved almost 200,000 gallons of fuel and saved school districts over $700,000 since its inception” noted Melissa Howell, executive director of the KCFC. These fuel savings are expected to continue of the 14-year life span of the vehicles. The Hybrid Horsepower for Kentucky schools project has logged more than 4 million hybrid miles.