HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- School buses are back on the road in Henry County, but that doesn't mean there will be a spike in air pollution.
Henry County Schools recently received the Blue Sky Award from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. It is the highest award offered by the Georgia Diesel Emissions Reduction Program, and is only given to school systems that reduce bus emissions by at least 75 percent.
The county's school buses were gradually updated over the past few years, thanks to ESPLOST funding and a state program.
Henry County Schools spokesperson John Hardin said once the system acquires a new, more environmentally friendly bus, an old one is moved to stand-by or back-up status. Old back-up buses are sold at auction.
School system representatives accepted the Blue Sky Award during the Georgia Association for Pupil Transportation conference and trade show in Jekyll Island in June.