School district closely monitors fuel supply - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

School district closely monitors fuel supply

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Missing man with Alzheimer's Disease Found

    Missing man with Alzheimer's Disease Found

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:51 AM EDT2014-07-31 07:51:18 GMT
    Authorities in Berrien County are searching for a man with Alzheimer's Disease that has gone missing.They say John Bethea was last seen heading south on White Pond Road in Nashville at 11 a.m.More >>
    Authorities in Berrien County are searching for a man with Alzheimer's Disease that has gone missing.They say John Bethea was last seen heading south on White Pond Road in Nashville at 11 a.m.More >>
  • Albany cheerleading team could be on reality show

    Albany cheerleading team could be on reality show

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:42 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:42:06 GMT
    Dr. Latonya Peterson, Assistant CoachDr. Latonya Peterson, Assistant Coach
    An Albany cheerleading team could be featured on a reality show. More than 50 girls tried out to join the two time national champion Albany Elite “Tiger Paws.”More >>
    An Albany cheerleading team could be featured on a reality show. More than 50 girls tried out to join the two time national champion Albany Elite “Tiger Paws.”More >>
  • Veterans to learn about benefits at American Legion event

    Veterans to learn about benefits at American Legion event

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:34:18 GMT
    William D. Simmons, American Legion 2nd District CommanderWilliam D. Simmons, American Legion 2nd District Commander
    American Legion leaders are preparing for an event to help South Georgia veterans learn more about the benefits they earned. More >>
    American Legion leaders are preparing for an event to help South Georgia veterans learn more about the benefits they earned. More >>

October 11, 2005

Albany-- Soaring fuel costs affect the way many school systems run their buses.

You know how expensive it is to keep gas in your car. Imagine filling up 152 vehicles with extra-large tanks. That's how many buses the Dougherty county school system keeps rolling.

The cost of diesel fuel has jumped about a dollar a gallon since last year. That has school systems throughout south Georgia keeping a closer eye on their buses.

Keeping Dougherty county school buses running is Rick Wheeler's job, a more difficult job right now because fuel prices remain high. "If we can't run these buses, we can't get the children to school, and we can't get them home," says the district's transportation manager.

A nearly 60% increase in fuel costs forced the school system to make adjustments including reducing field trips and shortening bus routes.

"Where we had two or three buses doing routes, we've brought it down to one or two," says Wheeler.

On average the transportation department fuels about fifty buses a day, costing the school district about $4,000.

Dougherty County school buses consume a total of about 1,900 gallons daily. With diesel fuel costing the district more than two dollars a gallon, the district has looked into fuel alternatives. "We look at it a lot. It's being tested all over. We go to meetings every summer and discuss it," he says.

Wheeler has met with bus drivers to offer them tips for conserving fuel. "When they do a pre-trip in the morning and crank the bus up, they don't leave the buses running at school no more than they have to," he says.

Wheeler says the district will continue to look for ways to save money. "We can't control the prices, but we can do everything we can to control the consumption," he says.

Right now the system is fully stocked in diesel fuel and so far hasn't run into any major problems with its fuel supply.

Feedback: news@walb.com