Sheldon Independent School District (SISD) is located just North East of Houston, Texas encompassing more than 54 square miles. Sheldon’s current enrollment is 6,795 students at its 10 campuses. I recently talked with Sheldon ISD Transportation Director, Keith Kaup to learn details concerning his propane-powered fleet. Keep reading to learn how much money Sheldon ISD has saved after just one year of running a few propane buses!
Currently, Sheldon ISD’s fleet is composed of 76 (72 & 77-passenger school buses) and 18 (54 passenger (or smaller) school buses). Of those 76 school buses 6 of them run on propane autogas with the rest powered by diesel. They transport over 3,800 student passengers annually with buses traveling more than 3,700 miles daily on 68 routes. Sheldon ISD also runs 25 other fleet vehicles, including, 1 propane forklift, 3 diesel and 21 gasoline fleet vehicles.
Sheldon ISD’s current annual usage of propane is estimated to be between 28,000-30,000 gallons while they use 115,000 gallons diesel and 16,000 gallons of gasoline. They currently pay $1.65 per gallon for propane and almost double per gallon for diesel at $3.15. Their annual fuel savings by using propane is estimated at $25,000 dollars. That’s a nice chunk of change! Sheldon ISD has an on-site refueling facility, which holds 2,000 gallons of propane. Building the on-site facility qualifies them for federal tax credits. So far, they have received a total of $14,000 in federal motor fuel tax credits.
Big thanks to Sheldon ISD Transportation Director Keith Kaup, featured in the embedded photograph, for taking the time and providing our readers with his fleet statistics. Our readers always enjoy hearing from school districts that have made the switch to propane autogas school buses!