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LENOIR COUNTY TESTING PROPANE-POWERED BUS

In the face of rising fuel costs, the Lenoir County Public Schools system is looking into propane power as a means of going green.Brent Williams, LCPS executive director of operation, said at the encouragement of the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, Lenoir County began looking into alternative fuel sources. In the spring, the Lenoir County Board of Education was made aware of a chance to be a part of a pilot program for an auto gas bus. The bus is fueled by liquid propane.In late July, the bus was delivered to Lenoir County. It has been used for summer programs at Kinston High School, a summer ESL program at Pink Hill Elementary, and most recently, for the county's early college at LCC.After seeing the bus in action, Williams said he has walked away impressed."This is something we've seen in person as a viable option for the school system," Williams said. "This is an important step and great starting point for us."According to Williams, the buses are quiet, run clean and the emissions are less damaging to the environment.

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