Gas Prices Effect School Transportation

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

"With the increase in duel prices the Board of Education had to deal with how we were going to handle particularly our extra-curricular activities."

Sam Dick is the superintendent for Caverna Independent Schools. He says when the school board met to figure out how they would meet the transportation needs of Caverna students, they had to get creative.

Regular to and from transportation is reimbursed by the state- but extra curricular activities, like sports and field trips, have to be handled by the school system. So they decided to find out what it costs for their buses to run per mile.

Dick says: "We were reimbursing the extra curricular activities at a dollar a mile. We have come up with $1.29. So that's a slight increase. Actual figures show it's going to cost us somewhere near $1.53 to be able to run the buses."

They decided to split the increased cost with the high school. They are a small school system with some activities that only have a few children involved.

Dick says: "We decided on those activities where we only had one or two children going out on a bus that it was not cost effective so we decided to purchase a minivan."

The cost of gas for reimbursing the gas for the van is only $0.30 versus the bus's $1.29.

The superintendent says until gas prices go down the schools will have to do more fundraising. Until then, they will have to keep monitoring costs for all extra curricular activities.

Dick says: "My hope would be that gas prices come down."

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