For a second consecutive year, Toms River Regional Schools has been selected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in rebates as part of the EPA’s Clean Diesel Rebate Program. For the 2017-2018 school year, the district has been awarded up to $200,000 in rebate funding to replace 10 of its older buses with more fuel-efficient 2018 models.

Last year the district was one of only 82 organizations nationwide to receive rebate funding. The EPA is expected to post its 2017 selections on the Clean Diesel Rebate program website soon.

“To be selected a second consecutive year for EPA bus rebates is the result of both good fortune and our strong commitment to seeking the best ways to maximize our resources at no impact to our taxpayers,” said Superintendent David Healy. “To be rewarded for doing the right thing-- providing our students safe, clean transportation-- with savings we can reinvest into the classroom is a remarkable opportunity, and we are sincerely grateful to the EPA for our selection.”

The mission of the Clean Diesel Rebate Program is to “encourage school bus fleet turnover so more children can ride buses with the cleanest emissions standards,” and to reduce harmful emissions. Last year Toms River Regional Schools was selected for $180k in rebates as part of the program, a process it finalized in September with the delivery of nine replacement buses.

The district’s Transportation Department has the largest board-owned bus fleet in New Jersey, with more than 160 school buses.

Its selection is in line with the district’s numerous efforts in sustainability over the past several years. Members of the administrative team sit on Toms River Township’s Green Team, and TRRS has its own Green Team that is registered with Sustainable Jersey for Schools, a program that has supported environmental initiatives with $36k in grants in the past year. Gardens and/or greenhouses have been installed at most schools, and curriculum-based programs have targeted ways to reduce schools’ carbon footprint.

The process of applying for EPA funding through the Clean Diesel Rebate Program-- fully supported by the Toms River School Board-- began in 2016 with a tip from high school science teacher Christine Girtain, and has since involved the efforts of Grant Writer Mike Kenny, Transportation Director Margaret Donnelly, secretary Kathleen Buchan, shift foreman Steve Winkleman, the purchasing department, and several administrators.

“To be selected for EPA rebate funding two years straight is yet another feather in the cap for Toms River Regional Schools,” said School Board President Russell K. Corby. “Under budget constraints, our district has proactively sought and attained funding to meet the needs of our students and, in this case, support a healthier Toms River community. Our school board is proud to support this initiative and grateful to accept funding that will have a significant impact.”

The Clean Diesel Rebate Program bus replacement process is scheduled to be completed by September 2018.

For more information about the EPA Clean Diesel Rebate program, contact grant writer Mike Kenny at

What's New

  • VestACop
    'True Blue Monday' Sept. 24 in Support of TRPD
    In support of Toms River Police Department, the district has announced that Monday Sept. 24 will be "True Blue Monday." Students and staff are encouraged to wear blue.
    Read More »
  • CountBasie3
    District Partners With Count Basie Center to Activate Arena
    Toms River Regional Schools has named Count Basie Center for the Arts the presenting partner for RWJBarnabas Health Arena on the campus of High School North.
    Read More »
  • Anytown
    DART Coalitions Bring 'Anytown' to HSE Oct. 24
    The district's DART Youth Prevention Coalitions are co-hosting a community event 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at High School East-- the musical "Anytown" presented by the George Street Playhouse. The play is about opioid abuse and its impact on teens and families. Please see the linked flyer for more information.
    Read More »
  • Julietta
    District Ninth Grader Makes Broadcom MASTERS Top 300
    High School North freshman Julietta Onofrietti was named to the Top 300 of 2,537 applicants for the Broadcom MASTERS Science Fair.
    Read More »
  • HSS Choir Event
    South's Choir Celebrates Music in Unique Way
    The chorus traveled to the campus of Ocean County College where they met up with Choir! Choir! Choir! creative directors Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman (AKA DaBu).
    Read More »
  • sotd
    State of the District Address Offers Urgent But Hopeful Message
    Toms River Regional Schools has released its “State of the District” video address which was recorded by Superintendent David Healy and Business Administrator William Doering with the help of Toms River Schools TV.
    Read More »
  • RWJ Screenings
    Free Screenings for Young Athletes
    Sign up to take advantage of the free concussion and cardiac screenings for young athletes being offered at the RWJBarnabas Health Arena on Saturday, September 29 from 8am - 12pm.
    Read More »
  • HSN2
    HSN Football Named 'Team of the Week'
    High School North football was named Team of the Week by Shore Sports Network following the team's thrilling 15-14 victory over Manalapan last week.
    Read More »
  • logo
    Toms River Challenger League Open for Fall Games
    Are you a middle or high school student unable to participate in regular athletics due to a physical or mental disability? You may want to consider the Toms River Challenger League! Click below for more info.
    Read More »
  • EFTeam
    Jeremy Grunin to 'Shape Up' for TRRS
    Jeremy Grunin, President of the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation, will be taking part in the Extraordinary Fitness 10-Week Challenge to raise money for the Toms River Regional School District’s health programs.
    Read More »
  • ahearnPBE
    County Superintendent Visits Pine Beach Elementary
    Ocean County Executive Superintendent Kevin Ahearn visited PBE yesterday to greet students, meet school and district administrators, and see first hand all of the great things that are happening.
    Read More »
  • HAE First Day
    First Day of School 2018
    The district wishes everyone a great start to the 2018-2019 school year!
    Read More »
  • safety6
    Toms River PD Assists District With Active Shooter Safety Training
    Members of the Toms River Police Department conducted active shooter training with the Toms River Regional School District's security team consisting of school resource officers (SROs), Class III and Class II officers and school safety officers.
    Read More »
  • 20182019booklet
    District Releases 2018-2019 Annual Booklet
    "Creating a New Reality ... Together" serves as a volume II for last year's "Our Story" and recaps the many great accomplishments of 2017-2018 while looking excitedly at what's in store for 2018-2019.
    Read More »
  • IS
    Intermediate South Awarded Health-Based Pilot Program
    Toms River Intermediate South has become one of only 21 New Jersey schools across three regional areas to be awarded funding by the New Jersey Department of Health to host a four-year pilot program-- the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Health Project.
    Read More »
  • BoilerBoard
    Boiler Replacement Project Underway at High School South
    As part of Toms River Regional Schools’ Rebuilding Our Schools Initiative and corresponding ESIP program, old and outdated boilers at High School South are being replaced with five new efficient models.
    Read More »
  • PS flyer
    Preschool Registration Open
    Tuition may be adjusted based on family income.
    Read More »
  • SAP29
    TR Girls Empowered at Tech Summit in NYC
    This past Saturday, 104 girls from our three intermediate and three high schools boarded a caravan of buses to spend the day in New York City with over a dozen influential women leaders from across the tech industry. It proved to be a truly inspirational event!
    Read More »
  • TRRS logo
    District's Cost Efficiency Even Better in State's 2018 Taxpayer Guide
    Toms River Regional School is second lowest in cost per pupil in the state.
    Read More »
  • Safety training2
    Safety Training Hosted at Intermediate North
    Members of the Toms River Police Department and Toms River Regional Schools administration held a safety training session at Toms River Intermediate North Aug. 15.
    Read More »
  • Chamber support
    Toms River Community Gets Behind District in Funding Fight
    On the heels of Superintendent David Healy’s public letter and call to action released Aug. 2, the community has rallied behind Toms River Regional Schools and its effort to restore millions in diverted state funding.
    Read More »