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Official: Cost of fuel affecting corporation

Thursday, June 5, 2008

The rising cost of fuel is hitting everyone hard, especially the Clay Community Schools Corporation Transportation Department.

"Currently, we are more than $60,000 over last year's budget," Director of Transportation, Frank Misner said.

"I don't see fuel going down. Fuel is the one thing in our budget that we cannot control."

Misner told The Times that the buses use 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel every 10-11 days and travel 3,500 miles per day on routes only.

The transportation department put bids out to fuel companies when they need the fuel.

"No oil company will give you a price for an entire year, because they don't know what the price of it will be," Misner said.

"The bids we received are less than a penny between them and we have no bargaining power over."

Misner stated when he came on the job, eight years ago, fuel was $1 a gallon and today it is close to $4 a gallon.

"It is like a Rubik's cube when you take a little from here to put over there and make it work," Misner said.

The Clay Community Schools Corporation Transportation Department has an excellent record for keeping buses up to date and are constantly doing so.

According to Misner, if they did not keep the buses up to date then the fuel economy would go down.

Hybrid buses are not the answer according to Misner, because they are expensive to purchase and maintain.

"The last thing we want to do is consolidate routes when kids would have to be picked up earlier." he said.

"Town routes are already full and bigger buses just won't fit into the garage."

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...and it doesn't surprise me. I don't know if all the bus drivers drive the way the one that picks up my kids but if they do, they are wasting a lot of fuel. I'll bet the transportation department hasn't even considered training the drivers to drive more efficiently, have they? Its funny how we can just waste taxpayer money until it gets tight and then we whine about how its a budget buster. If they want, I'll train them. I'd love the chance to "hypermile" a school bus. You might be surprised how easy it is to exceed the EPA highway rating of a vehicle DRIVING IT AROUND TOWN! Just look up the term hypermiling and see what you find. I can consistently exceed the EPA Highway Mileage of any vehicle by 25% driving it in a City environment. I'll bet the bus that picks up my kids comes in at least 20% under the EPA City rating. I'm really sick of people just complaining about the price of fuel. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! I did. I went from 30mpg to over 90mpg. It wasn't easy but now, fuel cost means almost nothing. Check out my blog at http://PocketChangeExpress.blogspot.com I literally commute 24 miles a day on pocket change.

-- Posted by TheRider on Thu, Jun 5, 2008, at 10:15 PM


My bus driver has always been reliable if we are outside and waiting. Buses aren't the easiest vehicle to control. But for the most part, buses follow the speed limits, and watch over 40 kids at the same time.

If they don't arrive at your home then you should call the School Transportation Office and complain, if they are speeding then do the same thing. School corporations are using your money wisely, I can ensure you that since I've went to Meridian, North Clay, and Northview.

Every year they get something new, like computers ( which is now becoming a need for all kids since almost all businesses use computers ), bigger classrooms, new desks, transportation for your children, add ons. Plus your tax money also goes to:

The roads you drive on

The Police

County Clerks, Judges, and the Courthouse

Jails and the Prisons

Military ( and their equitment )

Social Survices

and Waterway and Supply

They are not wasting your taxpayer money.

-- Posted by NorthviewGirl on Fri, Jun 6, 2008, at 1:52 AM

Thank you N'view girl! You are right. Schools are always the "whiney" point of taxation!

-- Posted by madmom61 on Fri, Jun 6, 2008, at 9:15 AM

Yea and the sad part about it is they still get criticism about how they spend their tax dollars. But they are really doing a excellent job with it.

-- Posted by NorthviewGirl on Fri, Jun 6, 2008, at 11:31 AM

Couldn't agree more

-- Posted by madmom61 on Fri, Jun 6, 2008, at 12:29 PM

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