Fuel Prices Are Hitting Schools Hard

It's becoming extremely expensive for schools to pick up children and take them home.

Most school buses run on expensive diesel.

In Pulaski County, their 115 bus routes cover seven thousand miles each day.

The district was paying just more than 2 dollars a gallon for diesel and now it's more than three dollars and climbing.

The superintendent has asked teachers to be selective in planning trips.

“To be really aware of where the teachers and kids want to go. Make sure it is important trips and to be really concerned with the costs right now,” Sonya Wilds said.

Some school districts are considering cutting certain routes and there's even some discussion of going to four day school weeks.


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  • by Marie Location: Kentucky on Apr 9, 2008 at 07:09 AM
    The amount of instructional time provided by public schools is required by the state. It is a set number of hours. School systems would have the option of adding additional 4-day weeks at the end of the "normal" school year or adding time to each day. Adding time to each day is already done in some school systems to make up for time lost due to snow and inclimate weather. However, this may be done at the cost of the students. It will be hard to fit the information from an hour long lesson into fifteen extra minutes at the end of each class from that week. Many students (especially younger children) already have difficulties in staying on task during their classes. An addition of time to each class will further stretch their attention span. While it may work out, a 4-day week may prove to be another obstacle for students and teachers. It is most important in this situation to consider the students and their education first.
  • by J Location: KY on Apr 9, 2008 at 04:13 AM
    Wouldn't 4 day school week cause them to go most of the summer, especially the districts that missed so many days due to snow? They will still be going the same amount of days total, right? Or are they planning on cutting that down?

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