Energy costs pushed higher as oil neared $100 per barrel in November. Gasoline, diesel fuel and home heating oil all showed big gains, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007. (AP (file))
Gas prices are burning a hole in many of our wallets, especially if you rely on diesel fuel.
It's a problem heating up for school districts that often have long trips to pick up students.
We found out what it means for schools in Kentucky's largest county.
If you think your trip to work is expensive, try driving 10-thousand miles a day on five to six miles per gallon.
With diesel fuel, it costs the Pike County School District about 60 cents a mile.
“It really costs a great deal of money when you use as many units as we do in Pike County,” Transportation Director Ancie Casey said.
The district had about 700-thousand dollars set aside for fuel this school year, but Superintendent Roger Wagner estimates diesel costs will put them about 300-thousand dollars over budget by the time students go home for the summer. But parents can relax - for now. Wagner says the district is not cutting back on any necessary rides to and from school.
“The only thing we're looking at is some of the extracurricular trips that could be cut back on to some degree,” Superintendent Roger Wagner said.
Still the extra 300-thousand dollars raises questions about the next school year.
“As we look at that certainly this is going to have to be filtered in to the budget, this extra cost that we didn't allow for this year, we'll have to put that into the budget next year,” Superintendent Wagner said.
“I think we all, in Kentucky, are a little worried due to the fact that this fuel just keeps rising without additional monies from the state,” Casey said.
Until state legislators finalize a budget, Pike County school officials say it's a case of wait and see.
Superintendent Wagner says the school board will meet next week to start work on next year's budget.