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School Buses Store Fuel For Daily Trips

August 29, 2003 - Posted at: 11:00 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, Ark. --It's 7:30 in the morning, and the school buses that roll through Region 8 neighborhoods are already making their rounds. Their mission is simple. Get your kids from home to class safely.

Jonesboro's school district has almost thirty buses, regularly cleaned, and fueled, ready for the trip, two times a day.

"I have to get three bids from different businesses, I tell them how much fuel I need to put in the tank, and they give me a price, said Michell Kieffer, Director of Transportation for Jonesboro Public Schools.

Delivering gas to these large, rolling, buses is a lot of money, but not as much as you would be paying if you pulled your own bus up to the pump.

"School districts don't have to pay road tax on our fuel, we get by without paying the state tax, but we have to pay federal tax, and that makes it cheaper, but it still can get expensive, said Kieffer.

As your car gets to the empty mark, you'll be looking at filling up the tank, before you have to fill up again in a couple of weeks. For the Jonesboro school district, they'll be filling up their master tanks, filled with thousands of gallons, ready to roll again, early the next morning.

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