School buses try to keep rolling, in spite of fuel shortage
Schools across North Carolina are having trouble finding fuel for buses – at any price. Hurricane Ike temporarily shut down production in the Gulf, a major supply for school systems in the state.Posted — Updated
State education leaders say they are pressuring suppliers to get fuel to bus depots so students can get to class.
In a video conference with education officials across the state, Graham outlined another plan of attack that includes looking beyond contracted vendors to buy local dealers.
"We are doing very well,” Johnston County Schools public information officer Terri Sessoms said.
"Getting more kids to school with fewer buses" was necessary with such low fuel supplies, Sessoms said.
Fuel budgets might not recover as well. Hurricane Ike sent the price of fuel soaring.
"We will have to scramble to see if there is some sources of funding to take care of it,” Graham said.
Durham County schools said they are doing well with their fuel supplies. Wake County schools are said to be doing OK, too. The district increased its storage capacity after fuel-shortage scares during Hurricane Katrina.
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