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Higher fuel prices force school system to spend more

June 27, 2007

Albany - The Dougherty County School System expects to spend an extra $150,000 on fuel in the upcoming year. On Wednesday, school board members approved the $186 million dollar budget with that extra money for transportation.

That's because the price they pay for diesel jumped from around $2.10 a gallon to $2.40 a gallon.

Plus, a new policy to keep students in the school where they start the year even if they move, will result in longer bus trips.  

Finance Director Robert Lloyd said, "We get on average between five and six miles per gallon. It's a cost that's outside our control, we're on the city contract if gas prices drop, we buy 90 days out, therefore the prices will drop."

Other new expenses in the budget include pay raises, a new elementary school on Gillionville Road, and the addition of graduation coaches in middle schools.

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