Courtesy of San Benito High School:
San Benito High School continues to use grant funding to update its transportation fleet to make it more environmentally friendly. The district acquired two 2019 Chevrolet Traverse vehicles using funds the district received from a $60,500.66 Monterey Bay Air Resources District grant.
The vehicles, which cost the district just over $300 each after the grant funding was applied, replace older, higher-emitting vehicles, and will be used daily to transport students in the Special Education program and some athletic teams in lieu of running a school bus to out-of-town games.
District Maintenance, Operations and Transportation Manager Kristy Bettencourt previously reported that the district has used $1.3 million in grants from the Air Board to purchase four clean-burning buses, a diesel-powered shop truck, four gas-powered shop trucks, four Traverses, an electric cart and to pay for the installation of cameras on all buses.
In other grant news, SBHS Director of Technology John Frusetta announced that the district recently received a $120,000 grant from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation to supplement the school’s Chromebook supply.
Four thousand of the laptops are deployed around the 3,000-student campus in carts that carry 38 of the machines, which are used nearly every day in most classes.
The deployment of additional technology assets on campus will help with student engagement and teacher collaboration, Frusetta said, noting that the grant will also help the district update the Chromebook supply more quickly.