St. Francis Elementary School Makes Commitment to Cleaner Air with CleanFUEL USA and Thomas Built Propane School Buses

Propane powered Thomas Built C2 Saf-T-Liner

Propane powered Thomas Built C2 Saf-T-Liner

Propane council donates $2,500 to recognize school’s efforts

CleanFUEL USA took part in a check presentation Monday evening for St. Francis Elementary School in St. Francis, Minnesota. The Propane Education & Research Council donated $2,500 to the school in recognition of its effort to improve students’ health and safety by adopting a propane-powered bus fleet. The donation is part of PERC’s new campaign to educate consumers about the benefits of transitioning away from diesel (press release).

Of the 50 total buses in their fleet, St. Francis Elementary boasts 41 propane powered Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner C2 units in their fleet. The buses are equipped with Liquid Propane Injection (LPI) systems by CleanFUEL USA.

“St. Francis made the choice to focus on cleaner air for their students and staff, and we are proud to play a part in that commitment,” said Curtis Donaldson, founder and managing director for CleanFUEL USA. Donaldson attended the school board meeting, where the check was presented, along with local representatives from Thomas Built, American Lung Association and the Minnesota Propane Gas Association.

“Our drivers say they’re quieter to the point that you can’t even hear them running,” said Dean Krause, St. Francis’ transportation director. “They’re that quiet. When the kids don’t have to yell over the loud diesel buses, they tend to talk quieter and the whole noise level is reduced.”

In addition to noise reduction and fuel savings, St. Francis is able to save a substantial amount of money – about $10,000 annually – on heating costs for their diesel engines. The propane buses do not have any issues “starting right up in 30 below — every day.”

Curtis Donaldson (CFUSA) and Bridget Kidd (PERC) present $2,500 check to St. Francis school administrators and staff

Curtis Donaldson (CFUSA) and Bridget Kidd (PERC) present $2,500 check to St. Francis school administrators and staff

For more information on propane school buses, including bus safety tips for parents and kids courtesy of the National Association of Pupil Transportation, visitBetterOurBuses.com. To donate to teachers in your local community, visitAdoptAClassroom.org.