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."