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CCPS receives rebate funding to support electric school buses

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has been awarded a $1.2 million rebate through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2023 Clean School Bus Program. The funding will support the replacement of six CCPS school buses with zero emission, clean electric school buses. CCPS will receive two of the electric buses, with the remaining four electric buses to be designated to Charles County bus contractors.

Through the EPA Clean School Bus Program, nearly $3 billion has been provided to school systems to fund school bus replacements. Since the 2021 launch of the program, about 8,500 school buses have been replaced. With funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the EPA Clean School Bus Program provides $5 billion over five years (fiscal year 2022 through fiscal year 2026) to replace existing school buses with zero emission and clean school buses.

School systems must apply for the funding annually. For the 2023 rebate program, the EPA selected 530 applicants for funds totaling nearly $900 million to support the purchase of about 3,400 buses, of which 92% will be electric. This is the first year CCPS was awarded funds through the program.

The buses are likely to be in operation by the end of next school year. Routes will be selected by mileage range, but the electric buses will most likely operate in Waldorf, La Plata and Indian Head. To learn more about the program, visit

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,765 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 38 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event. CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).