Cleaner-Burning, Higher-Priced Diesel
The district buys two new buses every year at a cost of about $50,0000 each. Now, the district may have to pay more for buses with cleaner-burning engines.
"I've never seen a $7,500 jump, minimum jump, for an engine on a new bus," said Newton. "That is expensive."
Other diesel drivers face a similar price increase.
"This will be less pollutants. Right now, with new emissions and new engines, one truck, like mine is a 2000 model, one truck will now see a new truck that has all this proper fuel," said driver Gary Knudson.
Newton said the Fulton Board of Education plans to talk at a future meeting about where to get the additional $15,000 for next year's two new school buses.